It is the mission of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (GJSO) to engage and enrich our community through symphonic music. It is very true that music has the power to heal and to be an agent of positive change. We believe that music is a catalyst that brings people together across all boundaries and has the ability to unite and connect us to the depths of our humanity. The GJSO is proud to be part of a community that takes social justice, equity, and equality seriously and demonstrates that commitment with peace and respect to all people. The GJSO, including our Board of Directors, staff, orchestra members, and volunteers stand in support of inclusion, diversity, equity, access and all those who search for it. We pledge to be representative of our community, reflecting its true make-up, including race, ethnicity and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, disabilities, education, geography, and religion. While this will always be a work in progress, we pledge this throughout our organization, our patrons, and in our programming.
What began as a dream is now in its 43rd Season…
The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra began as the Mesa College Symphony in the 1930’s. In 1978, community leaders and musicians decided to found the Grand Junction Musical Arts Association, now the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (GJSO). In August of 1987, Maestro Kirk Gustafson joined the GJSO as the Music Director and remained in that position for nearly 30 years, retiring in June of 2016.
In April of 2016, Charles Latshaw was named the new Music Director of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and began his tenure with the 2016-17 Season.