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Kettle Moraine Symphony

Premier Symphony Orchestra of the Northern Kettle Moraine, Since 1968

Kettle Moraine Symphony, West Bend's Hometown Symphony Orchestra

Classical music concerts with over 60 fine musicians from Washington County and the greater metro-Milwaukee area.

Our Mission: To provide outstanding orchestral performances that engage the community
and inspire and educate audiences of all ages.

A New American Frontier concert art

KMS presents "A New American Frontier" on March 4, 2018 at 3:00pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1044 S. Silverbrook Dr., West Bend.

Maestro Richard Hynson's program features music by American composers that will appeal to every listener's spirit of fun, adventure and beauty.

  • Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring
  • Clarinet Candy and Bugler's Holiday by Leroy Anderson
  • The Cowboys Overture by John Williams

We are also happy to welcome Elizabeth Rhinehart, performing the third movement of the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2. No, the composer is not American, but the piece is definitely spirited! Read Elizabeth's story below.

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Elizabeth Rhinehart, 2018 winner of Washington County Concerto Competition

Elizabeth Rhinehart Wins 2018 MAPMTO Washington County Concerto Competition

Moraine Area Private Music Teachers Association (MAPMTO) held its annual concerto competition on January 20. The Senior Division winner, Elizabeth Rhinehart, was chosen for her performance of movement 3 of Piano Concerto No.2 by Camille Saint-Saëns, and will perform with Kettle Moraine Symphony on the March 4 concert.

KMS is excited to have the opportunity to showcase a young artist each year, and seeing young musicians perform is also a special treat for our audiences.

Read more about Elizabeth here.

Check out this article about the competition on the Washington County Insider website.

Richard Hynson, Kettle Moraine Symphony music director, directs at Facutad de Derecho

Dr. Richard Hynson

The 2017-18 Season: A New Beginning

KMS welcomes new music director, Dr. Richard Hynson

Kettle Moraine Symphony is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard Hynson as its new music director. Dr. Hynson is well-known in the Milwaukee area as the director of the Bel Canto Chorus and Orchestra. He has contributed to the greater Milwaukee community as conductor, published composer and teacher for the past 30 years.

His past conducting roles include serving as music director of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra from 2006 to 2014, music director for Gathering on the Green from 2008 to 2013 and as music director and conductor of the Waukegan (IL) Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 1998.

Hynson's local guest conducting engagements have included performances with the Milwaukee Symphony, Skylight Opera Theatre, and the Racine, Sheboygan and Waukesha Symphony Orchestras. He has also conducted numerous other ensembles nationally and internationally.

For Kettle Moraine Symphony, Hynson has created programs audiences will not want to miss, and the orchestra is eager to begin the 2017-18 season with him at the helm.

View a PDF of Washington County Daily News article, "The Baton Passes"



...See Richard Hynson and KMS in rehearsal in this video from Washington County Insider, and get an appreciation for the meticulous care that goes into a great orchestral performance.


KMS welcomes audition inquiries at any time, as our needs may change throughout the season, and we maintain a sub list. Please see the Auditions page for current availability and contact information.

2017-18 Symphony Calendar at a Glance

Concert October 1, 2017: Overture to a New Beginning

Overture to a New Beginning

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

The season opens with well-loved symphonic works that explore the depths of the orchestra and challenge the ensemble to rise to the occasion. The program begins with the dramatic Prelude to Wagner's opera, "Die Meistersinger," and the uplifting Suite No.1 from Bizet's opera, "Carmen", and concludes with Brahms' epic Symphony No.1.

Pre-Concert Talk at 2:00 p.m. by Dr. Peter Gibeau, University of Wisconsin-Washington County music professor and KMS principal bass.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
1044 S. Silverbrook Drive, West Bend

Concert November 19, 2017: Salute to Veterans

Dawn's Early Light: A Salute to Veterans

Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. [ VIEW POSTER ]
Free Admission for Veterans!
Special Guests, Moraine Chorus and WBHS Vivace! and Concert Choirs

Pre-Concert Talk at 2 p.m. by Dr. Peter Gibeau

The community honors its veterans when KMS collaborates with local organizations to remind us of the highs, lows, sacrifices and comradeship of Americans who have served in the military. Howard Hanson's lovely Symphony No.2, "Romantic" is filled with emotion and, in the composer's words, “...a work that is young in spirit, lyrical and romantic in temperament, and simple and direct in expression.” With the Star Spangled Banner, Hymn to the Fallen with chorus, marches by John Philip Sousa and more, your patriotic spirit will be renewed.

Silver Lining Arts Center at West Bend High Schools, 850-940 S River Rd, West Bend, WI 53095


Concert March 4, 2018: A New American Frontier

A New American Frontier

Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. [ VIEW POSTER ]

Pre-Concert Talk at 2 p.m. by Dr. Peter Gibeau, University of Wisconsin-Washington County music professor and KMS principal bass.

American composers are celebrated in this afternoon of lighter musical fare with the feel of days gone by. Enjoy Bugler's Holiday and Clarinet Candy, popular 1950s era compositions by Leroy Anderson, as well as Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring and The Cowboys: Overture by John Williams. Also featured is the student winner of the Moraine Area Private Music Teachers Organization's annual Concerto Competition, Senior Division. This year's winner is Elizabeth Rhinehart of Hartford, performing the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2, Movement 3.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
1044 S. Silverbrook Drive, West Bend

Concert May 6, 2018: Kettle Moraine Symphony returns to Holy Hill with the Moraine Chorus

In the Beginning: The Creation
Haydn's "The Creation" with Symphony and Chorus at Holy Hill

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Experience sacred music the way it was meant to be heard, in this magnificent basilica perched high above the northern Kettle Moraine.

The Kettle Moraine Symphony and Moraine Chorus join forces in presenting Franz Josef Haydn's magnificent oratorio, The Creation, written for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, chorus and orchestra. Composed between 1797 and 1798, it is considered by many to be Haydn's masterpiece.

NOTE: There will be no pre-concert talk for this concert.

Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians - 1525 Carmel Road, Hubertus

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Library program for kids - Christmas

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Calling all kids! KMS ⁄ Library "Family Fun Days"

April 28, 2018 - Free Music-Literature-Craft Event For Kids of Any Age

The next Family Fun Day of this season is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the West Bend Community Memorial Library and will be themed for Mother's Day. The most recent event was Saturday, December 9, based on Christmas and "The Nutcracker". All programs are great for kids and parents alike!

We encourage you to pre-register your child, to help us have sufficient craft supplies. To pre-register, please send an email to

Themed with the season or an upcoming symphony concert program, these Saturday morning programs usually feature a book, a craft or other hands-on project, and musical listening which combine to show the connection between literature, music and the arts. This is a joint venture between the Kettle Moraine Symphony and the library, coordinated by KMS education liason, Patricia MacIntyre, and staffed by high school band, orchestra and Interact (high school Rotary) students and a symphony musician or two.

The program is geared for ages 4-12, but all ages (including adults) are welcome.

To see some fun event photos, visit the KMS Facebook page.

Sign up for the KMS Education Outreach email list to receive advance notifications about these events by clicking here.

Thank you to the following businesses who serve as ticket outlets:

  • White House of Music, West Bend and Germantown
  • West Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Music Academy of West Bend
  • Horicon Bank, West Bend

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View education outreach curriculum here.

Lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school, related to upcoming concerts.

Email our Education Coordinator

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Kettle Moraine Symphony invites you to consider becoming a board member or committee volunteer.

See our Volunteer Opportunities for specific ways to help.

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