• JSO celebrates 60 years of music making
  • Adult Music Appreciation
    A new 5 week music education program, taught by Dr. Andrew Mead, Professor of Music Theory, University of Michigan, was sold out. New adult education classes are planned.
  • Jammin’ at the JSO
    A project of the JSO Youth and Music Committee hosted over 100 young people and their parents for a uniquely creative alternative rock concert in Weatherwax Hall. This event was designed by youth to provide a safe environment for young people to express themselves in music.
  • Redesigned Chamber Concerts
    JSO Chamber Concerts were redesigned to provide provide refreshments and a more intimate atmosphere for players. Attendance climbs significantly.
  • JSO Pied Piper Project
    During this 5-week program in three county schools, 4th and 5th grade students received visits from JSO musicians nad teaching specialists to explore music, instruments, composition and music history. Made possible through Campaign Program support.
  • String Team in School Program
    Selected 4th & 5th grade students meet twice weekly throughout the school year with a string specialist provided by the JSO, and includes movement for those who wish to continue to continue to the JSO youth orchestra programs.
  • JSO Recreational Music Making
    Pilot program offers “brush-up” group piano lessons for adult beginners and those with limited playing experience. Classes meet during the lunch hour or after work.


  • Maestro Osmond celebrates 30 years as Music Director of the JSO.
  • JSO Community Music School celebrates 15 years in downtown facility.
  • Comerica donates building to JSO.
    A gift valued at nearly $1 million provides additional 16,000 square feet and is the catalyst for moving forward with a vision for the future.
  • JSO Launches $4.5 million Capital and Endowment Campaign, Sound Vision.


  • JSO celebrates 50 years
  • Plans broaden the community reach of the organization as follows:
    Babies in Tune The families of all babies born in Jackson County receive a complimentary CD and infant development instructional booklet developed and recorded by the JSO.
  • After School String Programs for Children at Risk The JSO conducts after-school string programs for children in 2nd – 5th grades. Over 350 children participate; 50% are minorities.
  • Home School Orchestra Children meet twice weekly at the JSO. Beginning and intermediate level small ensemble instruction is offered.
  • Chamber Series We feature JSO resident musicians and offer classical, 20th Century and Jazz repertoires.
  • String Academy Providing an intensive course of study for young musicians, admittance to the JSO string academy is through audition only. Private instruction is required.
  • Summer Strings Camp/ Piano Camp Three week summer music offering concentrates on musicianship, playing, fun with music with peers, and small ensemble work.
  • JSO Goes to School An umbrella program for in-school education providing a music education/concert experience for grade school students. 3,000 children served annually.
  • JSO String Team Jump start group instruction for beginning string students. String Teams meet twice weekly in large and small group settings.


  • The JSO completes $1.4 million capital/endowment campaign.
  • This provides a home for the orchestra in the center of downtown Jackson. The facility, made available by Comerica Bank at a favorable lease agreement, includes 11,000 square feet of rehearsal, office and studio space. Over 500 individuals attend weekly for lessons, rehearsals, concerts, classes, and community meetings.


  • The Community Music School (JSO CMS) is launched.
  • The school was founded with two objectives 1) To provide quality private and group instruction on orchestral instruments for community residents; 2) To provide additional employment opportunities for orchestra members to attract and maintain quality players for the orchestra. Today, the music school instructs nearly 250 students and maintains a faculty of 16 instructors, most of whom are orchestra members.


  • The JSO moves into its own rehearsal/office space at the Commercial Exchange.


  • Principle performance venue moves from Jackson High School to Jackson Community College.


  • The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is founded.
  • The JSO is a strong regional orchestra performing 5 subscription concerts, 2 pops concerts, 4 chamber concerts, Jazz Night performances and numerous in-school children’s concerts annually.