About Jacksonville Symphony

Courtney Lewis begins his inaugural season as music director in 2015-16.

One of the nation’s top regional orchestras, the Jacksonville Symphony offers live symphonic variety in the acoustically superb Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, and engages the community in many ways throughout the First Coast and statewide.


The Jacksonville Symphony is the largest nonprofit provider of youth music education programs in North Florida.

Each season nearly 70,000 young people and adults benefit from the Orchestra’s diverse educational and community engagement opportunities. Bringing the orchestra out of the concert hall and into the community makes a big impact. It’s just one of many ways that the Jacksonville Symphony provides for young people, and citizens of all ages.

The Jacksonville Symphony announces an historic new era as Courtney Lewis takes the baton as Music Director in his inaugural season in 2015-16. Lewis brings to the podium a number of exciting new initiatives, including a Symphony in 60 series of three happy hour concerts, a Symphonic Night at the Movies series featuring three films accompanied by the Symphony, six Signature Sunday Masterworks and Pops concerts, a week-long residency in Clay County and three days of free community concerts to open the season.

Founded in 1949, the Jacksonville Symphony’s performance history had featured such renowned artists as Isaac Stern, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti and Itzhak Perlman.