About us

The Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra

The Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra is a group of amateur and professional musicians from the Syracuse area devoted to the joy of performing symphonic music. The orchestra was first organized in 1963 and its history is briefly recounted on the OUR HISTORY page of this website.

Note: Click on underlined text for links to additional information.

The orchestra presents at least four concerts each year. The repertoire consists of classical works (symphonies, concertos, overtures), popular music, light classics, and an occasional choral work. Rehearsals for these concerts are detailed on the rehearsals page at locations described on the venues page. Underlined music titles on this website indicate links to You Tube video performances of these works by other orchestras.

Join us!
Annual recruiting for the orchestra is initiated each fall, although qualified new members are sought to fill openings that occur throughout the year. Interested musicians should contact our Music Director about the requirements for membership. The orchestra is 501(c) (3) charitable organization supported by membership dues, fundraisers and contributions from the community.

Music Director

Erik Kibelsbeck continues to guide the orchestra in his thirteenth year as Music Director. Erik is music director/organist at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Ithaca, and conducted the Ithaca College Trombone Troupe for fifteen semesters. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and completed his master’s degree in conducting at Ithaca College. Erik is Manager of Concerts and Facilities at Ithaca College School of Music. He can be contacted at ekibelsbeck@ithaca.edu or 607 274 3717.