Founded in 1932, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra (SBSO) is considered one of the finest regional orchestras in the country. The SBSO presents 20 full orchestral concert performances featuring three diverse series and a wide variety of repertoire; at least 54 free "Symphony-to-Go" ensemble performances in schools, retirement communities, libraries, and churches; as well as expansive Education and Community Engagement programs. The orchestra engages more than 30,000 audience members annually across the Michiana region.
The orchestra’s highly qualified musician pool is drawn from a large multi-state area. The SBSO’s two main performance homes include the beautifully restored Morris Performing Arts Center, located in the heart of downtown South Bend, and the modern DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, located on the University of Notre Dame campus.
The organization has an annual budget of $1.8 million and a $12 million endowment. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Alastair Willis, the SBSO’s mission is to engage the community in the exploration of orchestral music in all its forms.