Quad City Symphony Orchestra

Quad City Symphony Orchestra

How QCCT impacts the QCSO

Concertgoers flock to the Quad Cities from more than 70 towns to see QCSO performances. The tourist boost is a welcome bump in local revenues for everyone.

The Symphony has helped put the QC on the cultural map, but it has inspired, educated and entertained local families for over 100 years.

Symphony Day

Symphony Day, for instance, has become a pillar of the QCSO’s nationally recognized music education program. Since its inception in 1988, over 150,000 young people have attended the annual event.

The numbers are impressive: Every year on Symphony Day, 6,000 4th and 5th grade students from approximately 30 school districts and nearly 200 classrooms within a 45-mile radius of the Quad Cities visit the beautiful Adler for a live performance.

The Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles

The Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles provide “meaningful mentorship and musical interaction between QCSO professional members and young musicians. One of our talented student musicians was so viscerally impacted this year that she has decided to make music her life and career. Offering talented young musicians the opportunity to play in such close proximity to our professional musicians is an experience that is impossible to replicate in any other form.” - Mark Russell Smith, Music Director and Conductor

100 Years, 100 Cellos

100 painted cellos were displayed throughout the entire QC region during 2015 in a “CelloBration” of the Symphony’s 100th anniversary. School children and area artists alike created the masterpieces that became a great source of public pride in the symphony and received national recognition.

Creative Arts Academy CPP Community Piano

Check out this video of the Quad City Symphony Community Piano event found on the Quad Cities Cultural Trust Youtube channel.

Thanks to QCCT support, the Symphony inspires generations of children, their families and the entire community!




"Superb symphonic music and music education are cornerstones of a vital and livable community. Thanks to QCCT support, the QCSO has the critical operating resources to create and provide it."

Michael Harring, Interim Executive Director

QCCT Supported Organizations