Exciting News as the ISO Plans for the 2016-2017 Season

As the 50th season of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (ISO) comes to a close, the board of directors announces an exciting development in the way the ISO meets its mission to “educate, entertain and inspire audiences.” Generous residents, foundations and businesses in Polk County have made it possible to fund an orchestra with paid musicians.

“The talents of the ISO’s gifted musicians are an asset to the community, and the board of directors is honored to recognize and reward the skills of dedicated artists,” said Greg Sale, president of the board of directors. “This change ensures that the ISO can continue to build on its reputation for high quality music.”

In 1965, visionaries Jay Erwin and Dr. Ken Anderson saw an opportunity to bring high quality symphonic music to the citizens of Polk County and organized friends and colleagues into the Lakeland Civic Symphony. The volunteer orchestra has grown over the past 50 years, welcoming world class guest artists, debuting new music and performing challenging masterworks all while educating, entertaining and inspiring audiences. Now, the growth continues as the ISO transitions from a volunteer orchestra to a paid, per-service orchestra.

Musicians in the ISO are eager to provide the best possible experience to audience members. To continue this high quality standard, the ISO will hold auditions beginning April 25. The new, all-digital audition process will be open to current ISO musicians exclusively from April 25 – May 15. Auditions will open to the general public on May 16 with all audition submissions due June 15.