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In 2015 with twenty-five concerts and performances, the symphony recorded 19,000 people in attendance. This included 2,500 at the Music in the Gardens concert in June at the [[DUBUQUE ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS]], the ensemble's best-attended event of the year.  In the same year, 106 young musicians participated in the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra's youth orchestra program--one student short of a record. (1)
 
In 2015 with twenty-five concerts and performances, the symphony recorded 19,000 people in attendance. This included 2,500 at the Music in the Gardens concert in June at the [[DUBUQUE ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS]], the ensemble's best-attended event of the year.  In the same year, 106 young musicians participated in the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra's youth orchestra program--one student short of a record. (1)
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In the spring of 2011 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and the [[DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT]] began the Adopt a Musician program. Three musicians were "adopted" by the 4th grade classes at Bryant, Marshall and Prescott elementary schools. Their purpose of was to enhance the music education of the children by serving as musical ambassadors and teaching artists in the schools. (2)
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Adopt a Musician was been expanded to 14 schools and 10 musicians. In addition to Bryant, Marshall and Prescott, other elementary schools including Audubon, Carver, Eisenhower, Fulton, Irving, Kennedy, Table Mound, Holy Ghost, Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Anthony, Resurrection and St. Columbkille Catholic Elementary joined in the program. The musicians and teachers work together to plan lessons that will help the students reach the 4th grade standards and expectations in music. The DSO musicians demonstrate their musical instruments, engage the students in music making and discussion, encourage the students to play a musical instrument and answer questions. Each school is able to adopt their DSO musician at no cost. (3)
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In addition to the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra which in 2018 had been in existence for more than 45 years, the DSO’s youth education programs included the Dubuque Youth String Ensemble, the Dubuque Youth Philharmonia, an annual concerto competition, master-classes, side-by-side concerts, coaching sessions, a summer string camp and chamber music camp, and Arts Trek, which included seven free, full symphony concerts for thousands of third and fifth graders each year. Additionally, the youth orchestras  completed an intensive residency with world-class violinist Midori and hosted its first Symphony Day for area middle school string players. (4)
  
 
The 1942 ''Dubuque Classified Business Directory'' through 1962 ''Dubuque City Directory'' listed 1450 Iowa.
 
The 1942 ''Dubuque Classified Business Directory'' through 1962 ''Dubuque City Directory'' listed 1450 Iowa.
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1. "2015: A By-The-Numbers Review of the Year in the Tri-States," ''Telegraph Herald'', January 3, 2016, p. 2
 
1. "2015: A By-The-Numbers Review of the Year in the Tri-States," ''Telegraph Herald'', January 3, 2016, p. 2
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2. Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, "Adopt a Musician," Online: http://www.dubuquesymphony.org/education-outreach/adopt-a-musician
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3. Ibid.
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4. Dubuque Symphony Orchestra,"New Youth Orchestra Conductor," Online: http://www.dubuquesymphony.org/media-gallery/press-room/dubuque-symphony-hires-new-youth-orchestra-conductor
  
  

Revision as of 22:17, 17 May 2018

DUBUQUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. The Dubuque Symphony, the oldest symphony in Iowa, began in 1911 with the formation of a Dubuque orchestra by Edward J. SCHROEDER, a musician who performed with the Chicago Symphony and conducted a violin conservatory on the third floor of his home at 1450 Iowa Street.

Photo courtesy: Paul Hemmer and the Telegraph Herald
Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Photo courtesy: Bob Reding

By 1937 with students from the Dubuque high schools and the colleges, this became the (Catholic Youth Organization) CYO-Civic Symphony Orchestra at the suggestion of Archbishop Francis J.L. BECKMAN. With additional musicians from outside the city and within the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE, the group led by Edward Wendell SCHROEDER developed into the original Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Concerts were performed at CLARKE COLLEGE and LORAS COLLEGE.

The symphony remained a feature of the university until 1959. Dr. Parvis MAHMOUD took the university orchestra, featuring student musicians and many guest performers, and developed a community-based orchestra that gave its first concert in 1960. Mahmoud served as the only conductor and music director of the symphony until the hiring of Nicholas PALMER. Palmer was succeeded by William INTRILIGATOR.

In 2015 with twenty-five concerts and performances, the symphony recorded 19,000 people in attendance. This included 2,500 at the Music in the Gardens concert in June at the DUBUQUE ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS, the ensemble's best-attended event of the year. In the same year, 106 young musicians participated in the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra's youth orchestra program--one student short of a record. (1)

In the spring of 2011 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT began the Adopt a Musician program. Three musicians were "adopted" by the 4th grade classes at Bryant, Marshall and Prescott elementary schools. Their purpose of was to enhance the music education of the children by serving as musical ambassadors and teaching artists in the schools. (2)

Adopt a Musician was been expanded to 14 schools and 10 musicians. In addition to Bryant, Marshall and Prescott, other elementary schools including Audubon, Carver, Eisenhower, Fulton, Irving, Kennedy, Table Mound, Holy Ghost, Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Anthony, Resurrection and St. Columbkille Catholic Elementary joined in the program. The musicians and teachers work together to plan lessons that will help the students reach the 4th grade standards and expectations in music. The DSO musicians demonstrate their musical instruments, engage the students in music making and discussion, encourage the students to play a musical instrument and answer questions. Each school is able to adopt their DSO musician at no cost. (3)

In addition to the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra which in 2018 had been in existence for more than 45 years, the DSO’s youth education programs included the Dubuque Youth String Ensemble, the Dubuque Youth Philharmonia, an annual concerto competition, master-classes, side-by-side concerts, coaching sessions, a summer string camp and chamber music camp, and Arts Trek, which included seven free, full symphony concerts for thousands of third and fifth graders each year. Additionally, the youth orchestras completed an intensive residency with world-class violinist Midori and hosted its first Symphony Day for area middle school string players. (4)

The 1942 Dubuque Classified Business Directory through 1962 Dubuque City Directory listed 1450 Iowa.

VIDEO HISTORY OF THE SYMPHONY:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFE5B00105072B400

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Source:

1. "2015: A By-The-Numbers Review of the Year in the Tri-States," Telegraph Herald, January 3, 2016, p. 2

2. Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, "Adopt a Musician," Online: http://www.dubuquesymphony.org/education-outreach/adopt-a-musician

3. Ibid.

4. Dubuque Symphony Orchestra,"New Youth Orchestra Conductor," Online: http://www.dubuquesymphony.org/media-gallery/press-room/dubuque-symphony-hires-new-youth-orchestra-conductor