The Jackson Symphony is in the 56th Season of providing music programs to the citizens of West Tennessee. The orchestra and affiliated ensembles perform for a total audience of over 30,000 annually. It has a budget of over $700,000 and employs 65-70 musicians from throughout the region to perform in 13 annual full-orchestra performances, including the seven concert subscription series. The Jackson Symphony presents internationally known guest artists and provides performance opportunities for aspiring young soloists. It has received funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission since 1968.
The Jackson Symphony enriches and inspires audiences through the power of live orchestral music.
The Jackson Symphony was founded in 1961 by a group of leading citizens to bring classical music to the City of Jackson and surrounding communities. The orchestra's first Music Director was James Petty, a high school music teacher. Mr. Petty remained as Conductor of the orchestra through the 1986 Season when Dr. Jordan Tang was appointed to the post of Music Director and Conductor. Under the leadership of Dr. Tang, the Jackson Symphony became the leading cultural organization of Jackson and the surrounding counties of West Tennessee.
Each season, the Jackson Symphony presents a seven concert subscription series with four classical concerts and three "pops" programs. The orchestra also performs an annual no admission outdoor Starlight Symphony summer concert which attracts more than 6,000 music lovers.
Throughout its history the Symphony has demonstrated a strong commitment in the area of educational programming. Each year thousands of youngsters are introduced to classical music and the orchestra through entertaining and educational school concerts and Open Rehearsal Program.
The Camerata Youth Orchestra was founded in 1989 in order to provide an outstanding performance opportunity to intermediate and advanced level students. In the fall of 1999, the group was expanded to a full youth orchestra, The Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra. In February 1998, the Sinfonia Strings, was organized to provide beginning string players with their first ensemble experience.
Additionally, the Jackson Symphony provides several in-school touring chamber ensembles. In the 1997-98 Season, Master classes were introduced, enabling symphony musicians and guests to share their expertise with area music students. The Symphony also employs a string instructor who teaches group and private string lessons at the Symphony’s music studios.
In the 2014-2015 season, Peter Shannon became the third Artistic Director and Conductor for The Jackson Symphony. Shannon’s artistic leadership with the professional musicians of the Symphony has created a musical ensemble of unparalleled excellence. The 2015 – 2016 was record breaking with a 39% audience growth and three of the highest grossing concerts in the history of The Jackson Symphony. In addition, an Integrative Medicine Program was begun with the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and the Alice and Carl Kirkland Cancer Center. Musicians trained by Mr. Shannon have performed for hundreds of patients, caregivers, and medical personnel providing the healing power of music.
The Jackson Symphony firmly believes that exposure to the arts significantly enrighes a person’s life. One of the goals of the Jackson Symphony is to ensure local legislators and elected officials are aware of the power of the arts and they continue to support the arts in Tennessee.
TENNESSEE LICENSE PLATES SUPPORT THE ARTS
The Jackson Symphony also promotes the sale of Tennessee state license plates. Buy a speciality license plate and invest in Tennessee's future. These plates help support the many arts programs and grants given out by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
THE JACKSON SYMPHONY IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING ARTS ADVOCACY GROUPS:
THE JACKSON SYMPHONY WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PERSONS AND GROUPS OF PEOPLE FOR SUPPORTING THE ARTS THROUGH LOCAL AND REGIONAL LEGISLATION:
City of Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist / Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris / City of Jackson Council / Madison County Commission /
State Representative Jimmy Eldridge / State Representative Johnny Shaw / Lowe Finney / Tennessee General Assembly /
Governor Bill Haslam / Tennessee Arts Commission / Jackson Arts Council
Mona and Jim Campbell / Dr. Charles and Mrs. Betsy Cox / Alice and Carl Kirkland / Ann and Pat Mann / Dr. John and Mrs. Vikki Neblett / Drs. Laura and Keith Nord / Dr. Brad and Mrs. Joanna Priester / Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Eliane Reese / Dr. Patrick and Mrs. Jan Teer
Mr. Bob and Mrs. Jessica Alsobrook / Dr. Charles and Mrs. Janice Baldwin / Barbara and Emmett Barker / Mollie Bird / Leanne Braddock / Patsy and Charles Camp / Dr. James T. and Mrs. Pat Craig / Dr. and Mrs. Ruffin Craig / Cindy and Shawn Daly/ Amy Dietrich / Andy Dodson/ d.n. English and Dr. Danny Winbush / Dawn Griffith / Anita and Steve Hamilton / Dr. Stephen and Paulette Hammond / Loni and Jimmy Harris/ W. Stanworth and Debbie Harris / Dwight Hawks / Christie and Joel Haynes / Leonie and Mike Hefley / Dr. and Mrs. Bob Higgs / Melba Homra / Don Huneycutt / Cindy and Larry Johnson / Amy and Bob Koehler / Nancy and Douglas Latimer/ Dr. Don and Mrs. Patty Lewis / Allison Nelson Loebbaka and David S. Loebbaka / Mary Katherine and Peter Mascolo / Bobbie and John Mays / Nancy and Kevin McMahon / Mary Jane and Mike McWherter / Dr. Nancy Oberg / Dr. Alan and Nancy Pechacek / Dr. Joe and Sally Rowland / Dalee and Brett Scott / Dr. Lee and Mrs. Susan Sheppard / Julie and Vance Shoaf / Dr. John G. Sparrow / Mona and William Stevenson / Dustin Summers / Dr. Tyler and Mrs. Kathryn Swindle / Kakky and Ray U. Tanner / Mark Taylor / Joan C. Tomlin / Dr. Bob and Mrs. Sue Vegors / Hunter and Suzanne Welles
THE BUSINESS CIRCLE
$20,000 and above
Jackson Energy Authority / H&M Construction / The City of Jackson / The Tennessee Arts Commission / The Foundation / West Tennessee Healthcare
$15,000 and above
Toyota Bodine Aluminum
$10,000 and above
The Bank of Jackson / Horne, LLP / The Jackson Clinic / West Tennessee Physicians Alliance / Regions Bank
$5,000 and above
Stifel Nicolaus / Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.
$2,500 and above
1st Tennessee Foundation / Commercial Bank & Trust / Gannett Foundation / Leader's Credit Union
$1,000 and above
Community Economic Development Corporation / First Bank / Jackson Arts Council / Jackson Symphony League / Siebert Family Foundation
$500 - $999
Tausha and Harbert Alexander / Miriam and Ricardo Anawate / Dr. G. Howard Doty and Betty Frost / Dr. Arthur and Andrea Grimball / Bruce Herron / Carol Sue Keathley / Jan and Robert Kilburn / Jana and Mark Layne / Dr. Duncan C. McInnis and Joan E. McInnis / Dr. Peter and Nancy McLemore / Dr. John and Joy Meriwether / Dr. Frank and Melinda Pierce / Dr. Molly and Allan Rheney / Roxanne and Tommy Rhoads / Bill Richardson / Robert Roy / Margaret and Bill Sipes / Bill Sipes, Jr.
$250 - $499
Doris and Sammie Arnold / Dr. James and Mrs. Suzanne Barnes / Susan and Gary Grisham / Donna and Mike Hewitt / Don Lafont / Dr. Terry McRoberts / Janet and Kent Moore / Ann Murchison / Susan Reeves / Michelle and Doug Roth / Sandra and John Scofield / William Shdeed / Lindsey and Todd Siroky / Col. Don and Mrs. Mary Lynn Sparks / Susan and Charles Watlington / Lorie and Bill White
$50 - $249
Anonymous / Pat Alford / Laura Beverly / Steve Bland / G.G. and Charles Bray / Shar and Peter Bucklin / Douglas Burkhead / Wanna Casey / Maureen Comella / Virginia Conger / Connie Crocker / Vadessa and Steven Flack / Rebecca and George Googe / Carol Green / Larry Greer / Jacque Hillman / Marie Truett Jones / Dr. John and Penny Kendall / Henry Kipp / Nicholas King / Dr. Ronald H. and Mrs. Carol Kirkland / Deborah Lagesse / Nancy and Douglas Latimer / Kathi and Rex Leatherwood / Wanda May / Catherine McKnight / Neta B. McKnight / Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Maniss / Joan and Joel Newman / Peggy and Billy Pate / Lorraine Price / Edith and Warren Ramer / Shannon and Charles Randolph / Vicki and Perry Ridenhour / Gary Roberts / Sharon and Mat Ros / Carl Seely / Margaret and Bill Sipes / Ward Smith / Nancy Stewart / Dr. and Mrs. John Sullivan / Dr. Fred and Mrs. Debbie Torstrick / Dr. Stanley and Mrs. Lee Warren / Winifred Weil / Caroline and Jason Wells / Arthur and Andrew Wheeler / Mary Alice and Erwin White / Rebecca Yancey
THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR IN-KIND GIFTS:
» Aeneas Internet, for web, internet and telephone services.
» Faith Express for instrument transportation.
» For the use of concert venue & rehearsal space:
» Union University
» Storage Towne for providing storage space.
Aeneas Internet / Bancorp South / First South Bank / Forever Communications / Gerdau / Macy’s / Portfolio Recovery / Siebert Family Foundation / VIP Magazine / The Jackson Sun / WBBJ / WNWS 101.5 / Wild Smiles