Huntsville Symphony Orchestra About Us

The HSO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the United States under the EIN 63-0463802. Based in Huntsville, AL, our mission is to serve North Alabama through high-quality concerts, community outreach, and education for all ages.

The HSO is at the very heart of the cultural landscape in North Alabama. Lead by Music Director and Conductor Gregory Vajda, the HSO delivers inspiring, entertaining musical experiences and enriching educational opportunities—both within the HSO’s home at the Von Braun Center and across the community.

The HSO is cherished across the Tennessee Valley for the annual FREE Family Concert, which offers families the opportunity to experience the symphony entirely free of charge, as well as the Young People’s Concerts, which offer fourth grade classes the chance to have a hands-on, free experience with the symphony, often for the first time. In addition to providing live concerts, the HSO serves the community through free educational programs, such as Music Explorers Club and the Third Grade Violin Program. Music Explorers Club offers children of all ages a chance to experience music in fun, interactive classes led by HSO musicians and HSO Symphony School teachers, while the Third Grade Violin program provides music education to third grade classes across the Tennessee Valley, entirely free of charge to participating schools. In addition to these incredible programs, the HSO also offers violin summer camps for children, as well as private and group lessons for adults.

Founded in 1955, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra is the oldest continuously operating professional orchestra in the state of Alabama. The Orchestra is intricately linked with the sensational growth our city has seen over the last few decades, illustrating Huntsville’s unique relationship between old and new, cherished traditions and unprecedented innovation. Click here to read more about the HSO’s history.