The Sherman Symphony Orchestra is a joint community enterprise of the Sherman Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. and Austin College. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations and sponsorships from the community are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The Sherman Symphony Orchestra Association Inc. is and shall be a civic nonprofit entity devoted exclusively to the promotion of musical and educational activities and having for its primary purposes the organization, management, maintenance, operation and control of a symphony orchestra and of allied and related activities in the Texoma area of North Texas and Southern Oklahoma.
The Sherman Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is a vital part of the Sherman community and has been dedicated to making music accessible to everyone since it was founded in 1966 under Cecil Isaac. The SSO creates a collective civic identity by presenting live concerts and serving as a primary resource for music education. In 1992, Maestro Daniel Dominick became the music director. Ten years later, the SSO began performing in the 1,300-seat Kidd-Key Auditorium, which is located in the Sherman Cultural District.
This season the Sherman Symphony Orchestra performed its 20th annual Children’s Educational Concerts. These concerts now reach over 2,000 local fifth-graders each year. In 2012, the SSO began broadcasting its classical concerts monthly on CBS-12 KXII in order to reach a greater audience, including those who are unable to attend. The Sherman Symphony Orchestra offers free student tickets to all of its Classical Series Concerts, making live classical music accessible and affordable to students of all ages. In 2019 the SSO implemented a string instrument coaching program at Sherman ISD in which SSO musicians teach specialized classes for violin, viola, cello, and bass students. Educational programming continues to expand, with three new programs launching in the 2021-2022 season.
The Sherman Symphony Orchestra’s more than 80 musicians perform seven concerts per year. Kidd-Key Auditorium is home to the Classical Series Concerts, and Austin College hosts the annual Christmas Pops concerts. Since 2015, the SSO has expanded its reach even further with periodic concerts in Ardmore, OK and Greenville, TX. When the pandemic interrupted the 2020-2021 season, the SSO released free online concerts each month.
How do I attend a concert?
Buy tickets securely online. Additionally, you may purchase tickets by phone or at the box office prior to each event. Here is more information about concert attendance, parking, and accessibility. Student tickets for all concerts at Kidd-Key Auditorium are free!
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