About the Civic Symphony of Green Bay

Our Mission

The Civic Symphony of Green Bay is a community of musicians committed to sustaining the wonder and beauty of symphonic music through live performances and artistic collaborations.

Vision: the symphony seeks to:

  • Make symphonic music accessible through interactive and innovative experiences.
  • Continue and expand educational opportunities.
  • Encourage public support and gifts to sustain the goals of the orchestra.

Our History

Volunteer musicians of all ages play in the Civic Symphony of Green Bay. They are professional musicians and amateurs from all walks of life, drawn together by the love of great symphonic music and the desire to share it with others. Members from the Green Bay area are joined in the orchestra by others from many communities of Northeast Wisconsin.

Under the baton of Seong-Kyung Graham, the orchestra typically offers a season of four concerts including a “family concert” that is also presented during the day for students from area schools.

The Civic Symphony was founded in 1995 through the efforts of a committee headed by Gerald Mattern of the St. Norbert College music faculty. A number of community musicians were already playing in a string ensemble which Mattern had organized to join his band members in performing music from the orchestral repertoire. With Mattern’s group as a nucleus and financial support from Don Poh, a Green Bay businessman and musician, the orchestra was born. Rehearsals began in the fall of 1995, with prospective leaders serving as guest conductors.

In November that year the musicians overwhelmingly chose Dr. Patrick Miles as the first conductor and artistic director of the Civic Symphony. Miles was director of orchestral activities and horn professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The orchestra, under Miles, presented its first public concert on January 27, 1996, in the Ralph Holter Auditorium of West High School. Miles continued as conductor for ten years, retiring after the final concert of the 2004-2005 season. Seong-Kyung Graham was appointed conductor and artistic director in 2005 after serving as a guest conductor of the orchestra in December 2004.

February 9, 2023 Library Presentation

November 14, 2021 Livestreamed Performance

2020/2021 Virtual Video Series:

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, these video series serve as alternate programming for the orchestra’s 2020-2021 season. More videos will be added to this list as they become available!

Spring 2021:

Movement I, Member Spotlights
Released March 2021 – See who we are! We’ll give you a glimpse of the diverse backgrounds our members, and they’ll share why they love contributing to the orchestra.

Our Healthcare Workers

Our Engineers

Our Postal Workers

Our Teachers

Movement II, Basic Skills
Released April / May 2021 – Learn what we know! Our orchestra members will walk you through some basic skills on their instruments.

String Basics

Flute Basics

Trumpet Basics

Clarinet Basics

Trombone Basics

Movement III, Soloists & Ensembles
Released May / June 2021 – Enjoy what we do! Soloists and small ensembles comprised of the orchestra’s musicians will perform various works on the virtual stage.

Horn Concerto

Soprano Aria

Organ Concerto

Fall 2020:

Movement I, Introduction
Released October 2020 – Meet our string specialists! They’ll explain their roles within the orchestra and perform excerpted material that outlines the skill of these talented local musicians.


Principal Viola & Principal Cello

Concertmaster & Principal Second Violin

Movement II, Education
Released November 2020 – Learn about the various orchestral instruments as our musicians walk the audience through what makes the varying sections of the orchestra unique.

Orchestral Instruments & Flute

Oboe & Bassoon

Clarinet & French Horn

Trombone & Tuba

Trumpet & Percussion

Violin & Cello

Viola & String Bass

Movement III, Showcase
Released December 2020 – Small ensembles comprised of the orchestra’s musicians will perform various works on the virtual stage.

Woodwind Quintet

Flute Duet

Horn Quartet

Northwinds Quintet (Woodwind Quintet)

Brass Quintet with Organ