Over twenty years ago, an enthusiastic group of local musicians assembled under the leadership fo HSU's music faculty to play Johannes Brahms' Requiem, under the baton of Kenneth Hannaford. The Eureka Symphony Orchestra was born. HSU faculty members Valgene Phillips and Kenneth Ayoob contributed the resources, artistic leadership and stability that led to the next phase of orchestra development under the leadership of Music Director Carol Jacobson. A symbiotic relationship with the HSU Music Department continues and outstanding guest artists and soloists are often products of this fine program. Audiences have grown significantly and a community board of directors has helped develop more community resources.
Over the years, the Eureka Symphony has perfomed in many venues, becoming a community partner with the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts (ACPA) in 2007. After a one-year absence from ACPA in the 2013-14 season, the orchestra returned to the ACPA in the 2014-15 season.
The success of our Symphony is assured into the future with the outstanding guidance of its committed Board of Directors and the generous support of this community.