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 has been music director of the OCSO since 2001. He recently looked at list of the music the orchestra has done in this time and nearly fell out of his chair in amazement at how much there has been: eight out of nine Beethoven symphonies, two out of four Brahms symphonies, two by Dvorak, a host of concertos, overtures, and many, many more. Besides his work with the orchestra, Erik is music director at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Ithaca where he plans all the music, plays the organ, and directs the choir. He has recently been appointed executive director of the Friends of Music at St. Luke, which presents music including the new landmark French Romantic organ by Juget-Sinclair. By day he manages the concerts and facilities at the Ithaca College School of Music. Reach him at erik.kibelsbeck@gmail.comĀ