For full personnel list, visit the Omaha Symphony website.
Music director: Thomas Wilkins
Resident Conductor: Ernest Richardson
The Omaha Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra performing numerous concerts annually in Omaha, Nebraska and throughout the region. Originally established in 1921, the orchestra has continued yearly.
The Omaha Symphony presents more than 200 live performances from September through June. In addition to MasterWorks, Pops, Chamber, Discovery, Light Classics and Family series concerts, the orchestra tours both Nebraska and Iowa providing education and community engagement concerts and special events. Combined with radio broadcasts, the orchestra reaches an estimated annual audience of 300,000 annually. With a full-time core of 39 virtuosi, the full orchestra currently includes 92 musicians.
The regular season includes a seven-concert "Masterworks" series, six "Symphony Pops" performances, a three concert "Family Series", and a three concert "Casual Classics" series, all at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The orchestra also performs at dozens of outreach and school concerts through their Mission: Imagination!, Concerts for Youth, Music Alive!, and Celebrate Creativity programs, reaching more than 40,000 students and preschoolers, among others.
The Symphony also performs a six-concert chamber orchestra series at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The symphony's current musical directors are Thomas Wilkins and Ernest Richardson (Resident Conductor since 1993). In addition to performing in Omaha, the Symphony also performs in Lincoln at the Lied Center for Performing Arts annually.