Quad City Symphony Orchestra Endowment


The Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association’s mission is to enrich the diverse Quad City community by presenting symphonic music and music education, and promoting cultural vitality within the local schools and throughout the Quad City Area. The QCSO presents more than 20 concerts annually, including world-renowned guest soloists. They also host numerous music education programs in concert halls, classrooms, and throughout the community. School Outreach Tours, which have been at work for 50 years now, have been the core of QCSO music education, providing instruction in music fundamentals and instruments to thousands of eager students in the Quad City Area.

Some of the programs that the QCSO provides are the annual Symphony Day, the Listening Olympics and the Instruments for Kids Program. Symphony Day has attracted the attendance of more than 135,000 children in the past, and is held annually as a day filled with music and exciting activities for the entire family. The Listening Olympics is a program set up like a competition, a “music bee” if you will, to test 5th grade students’ knowledge of the elements of classical music, music titles, composers and families of instruments. The Instruments for Kids program is led by two high school volunteers who collect used musical instruments from the community, which are then cleaned, repaired and distributed to students who want to play in band or orchestra but cannot afford an instrument.

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is known as the largest provider of free music education in the Quad City Area. Through their concerts and educational programs, they reach nearly 30,000 children and adults each year. Their philanthropy aims to encourage the love of music in large amounts of children each year through their youth musical outreach programs and events.

For more information on the QCSO, please visit www.qcsymphony.com

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The Community Foundation made its first grant from the Community Impact Endowment in 1967. That grant, of $2,000, was funded by an estate gift from Bea Conrad.
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