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Kettle Moraine Symphony

Washington County's “Hometown” Symphony Orchestra, Since 1968

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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.

2015-16 Season Tickets Available Now

If you are on our mailing list, you should have received the season ticket order form in July. You may order season or single concert tickets by mail or online.

See concert details below...

2015-16 Symphony Calendar at a Glance

Kettle Moraine Symphony celebrates Bach, Brahms and Strauss at University of Wisconsin - Washington County


Sunday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. (Included in 4-concert season ticket package)

Autumn is the time to get "Bach" to the great German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The program includes his Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, a showcase for the Dr. Peter Gibeau, baroque harpsichord, Karla Siegler, violin, and Mary Hughes, flute.

The full orchestra takes the stage for Johannes Brahms' “Academic Festival Overture,” ending with the familiar and rousing student graduation son, “Gaudeamus igitur.” Other selections include works by Austrian composers Schubert and Strauss, with “An Overture to Roseamunde” and “On the Blue Danube.”

Enjoy beer and wine service, and West Bend gemütlichkeit. (This concert is also available as part of UW-WC's Fine Arts Series. Single tickets are available from UWWC.)

University of Wisconsin - Washington County Theater
400 University Drive, West Bend

Kettle Moraine Symphony celebrates the winter holidays

Home for the Holidays

Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Start the holidays with family-friendly music of thanks and joy, including your favorite carols, “Sleigh Ride,” music from “Frozen,” and a few surprises.

Reserve a spot at our fun Holiday Tea at 12:30 p.m. (Advance reservations required, sold separately.)

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

Kettle Moraine Symphony celebrates spring with Beethoven!

Countryside Delights

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

We present one of the greats, Ludwig van Beethoven, with a full prformance his Symphony No. 6, the Pastoral Symphony, celebrating nature's beauty, birds, rocks, storms and streams. And we honor a young musical talent with a performance by the student winner of the Washington County Concerto Competition.

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

Kettle Moraine Symphony returns to Holy Hill with the Moraine Chorus

Brahms' Requiem
Symphony and Chorus at Holy Hill

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Music director Paul Thorgaard conducts the orchestra and the Moraine Chorus, under the the direction of Prof. Peter Gibeau, in this magnificent basilica high above Washington County.

Deeply moving, profound and powerful, the German Requiem is Johannes Brahms' largest single work and one of the greatest monuments of choral music. The oratorio - a choral setting of biblical texts - draws on the composer's deep knowledge of Old and New Testament verse. The beautiful words and music combine to console the living, and give hope and blessings to the departed.

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

Kettle Moraine Symphony will start search for new music director for 2016-17 season

Music Director Search

Paul Thorgaard (shown, left), current KMS music director, has served the orchestra well for ten seasons. Paul will be retiring from the position at the close of the current season.

The Kettle Moraine Symphony is inviting applications for the position of music director, available beginning in the 2016-2017 season. The music director reports directly to the board of directors and is responsible for the repertoire, personnel, programming, and artistic production of the orchestra, and conducts rehearsals and concerts.

A description of responsibilities is available here.

For more information, contact



Children's event at the library March 7

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West Bend Library Family Fun Days

Free Music-Literature-Craft Events For Kids of Any Age!

Put this date on your calendar: Saturday, December 12 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The theme will be “Christmas Around the World,” and will include singers!

Prior to each concert, themed with the concert program and held at West Bend Community Memorial Library, these Saturday morning programs usually feature a book, a craft project, and musical excerpts which combine to show the connection between literature, music and the arts. A joint venture between the Kettle Moraine Symphony and the West Bend Community Memorial Library!

The program is geared for ages 4-12, but all ages (including adults) are welcome. The event takes place at the library.


Children's event at the library March 7

Monches Artisans Holiday Open House

December 4-6, 2015

Friday, December 4th through Sunday December 6th will mark the 32nd year that artists in the tiny artist community of Monches, 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee, will open their doors and welcome visitors for a weekend of holiday cheer.

Members of the Kettle Moraine Symphony will provide a musical stopover in the historic Blessed Teresa church. The 2015 tour includes an artglass studio, a metal sculptor, two jewelry studios, a church hosting a craft sale, a rural inn featuring a vineyard with custom seasonal wines and a farm offering fresh handmade wreaths & seasonal greens as well as visiting artists and a farm market.

Monches Artisans website

Support KMS with Amazon Smile

Amazon purchases can support your favorite charity!

Simply go to (instead of just and choose Moraine Symphony Orchestra (our official name). The red oval on the image below shows you where to start the process. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to KMS!

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If you have questions, the Smile FAQ page is here. Thanks!!


There is a currently an opening for bassoon. Please see auditions if you are interested in auditioning for an open seat or for the sub list.

KMS welcomes audition inquiries at any time, as our needs may change throughout the season.

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
  • Hartford Music Center

Columbian Exposition posterTeachers!

View education outreach curriculum here.

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

Volunteer or become a board member KMS Wants You!

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

See our Volunteer Opportunities for specific ways to help.

Thank you!