As we enter the 64th season of the the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, we can be proud of its reputation as a "magnificent cultural treasure." The KGS continues to bring metropolitan-level performance standards, world-class artists, and a plentiful spectrum of education opportunities for all ages in Galesburg and surrounding communities. We are proud to be representatives of both the City of Galesburg and Knox College while engaging our audiences with innovative programming that enlivens our community and enriches west central Illinois. 

Symphony awards:


2015 Illinois Orchestra of the Year Award, 4th time received

2010, 2004, 1998: Illinois Conductor of the Year, Bruce Polay

2009 Illinois Honorary Volunteer of the Year, Robert Clark (president)

2008 Illinois Cultural Leadership of the Year, Bruce Polay

2006 Programming of the Year

2005 Illinois Board President of the Year, Robert Clark (president)

2001 Illinois Volunteer of the Year, awarded posthumously to Paul Keser

Certificates of Appreciation: City of Galesburg, Business Committee for the Arts,  Knox County Council for Developmental Disabilities

International Call for Scores

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony seeks to promote new music, particularly works by American composers. 


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