The CSO formally organized in 1954. After many successful years as a community volunteer orchestra, the symphony converted to a professional orchestra in 1981. The new vision for presenting higher level performances required employing a professional music director and conductor, selecting musicians through auditions and raising sufficient funds to pay for their services. At this same time, a dedicated group of Cheyenne residents recognized the need to replace school and church venues with a specialized event center for the presentation of the performing arts. Their tireless campaign raised enough initial capital to start the project which is now the Cheyenne Civic Center. The first performance in the beautiful, sound perfect Civic Center was presented by the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra.
Today, symphony musicians come from Cheyenne, Laramie, Washington, parts of Colorado, eastern Nebraska and occasionally Wisconsin and Texas. The CSO is fortunate to be in close proximity to four universities with many excellent musicians including performing professors and graduate students.
For information about upcoming events call 307-778-8561 or visit their website at www.cheyennesymphony.org .