Mission & History
The Longmont Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to foster and promote the appreciation and understanding of symphonic music through performances and educational programs.
The Longmont Symphony Orchestra (LSO) was founded in 1966 by adult education director Phil Mattoon, and conductors, Leo Meyer and Walter Birkedahl. The first concert was held in April 1966. In 1970, Leo Meyer became the conductor and served in that position for twelve seasons. After his retirement in 1983, Dr. Robert Olson, was selected as Music Director of the LSO. After 34 years, Dr. Olson announced his retirement, and he has been named LSO Conductor Emeritus. Dr. Elliot Moore was selected as the LSO’s new music director, with a two-year term, commencing July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019.
During its first full season (1966-1967), the symphony presented four concerts with a budget of $1,645. The LSO now presents 13 performances per year (a six-concert subscription series, two performances of the 5th Grade Concert, two performances of the Nutcracker Ballet, a Candlelight Concert, a July 4th concert, and a chamber orchestra concert at the Longmont Museum), and has an active educational outreach program, with an annual budget of approximately $225,000.