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Kettle Moraine Symphony

Washington County's “Hometown” Symphony Orchestra, 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.

Brahms' “German Requiem” • May 15 at Holy Hill • Tickets on sale now! • Poster

KMS plays Johannes Brahms' German Requiem
   Johannes Brahms
Deanna Gibeau, Soprano
 Deanna Gibeau, Soprano
David Mohr, Baritone
 David Mohr, Baritone
Moraine Chorus, Dr. Peter Gibeau, Director
 Moraine Chorus, Dr. Peter Gibeau, Director

Experience Brahms' glorious “German Requiem” in the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings and acoustics of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, at Holy Hill with Paul Thorgaard conducting his final performance with KMS. The orchestra will once again be joined by the Moraine Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Peter Gibeau.

Past KMS concerts at Holy Hill have proven to be very popular, usually selling out. Ensure yourself a seat by purchasing tickets early. Tickets are available online or from several local businesses. See the list of locations or purchase tickets online here.

Kettle Moraine Symphony Selects Lindsay Riemer as Music Director

Lindsay Riemer, new KMS music director

WEST BEND, WI (March 21, 2016) - The Kettle Moraine Symphony has selected Lindsay Riemer to be its new music director and conductor. She will lead the orchestra’s programming and performances beginning with the 2016-2017 concert season.

Riemer succeeds Music Director Paul N. Thorgaard, who is retiring from the KMS in June after more than 10 years with the orchestra as a violist, conductor and, since 2010, music director. Thorgaard will lead the orchestra’s final performance of this season May 15 at Holy Hill with the Moraine Chorus.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Lindsay to the KMS,” said Mary Beth Winkowski, organization president. “She brings a wonderful blend of music experience and talent that will serve the orchestra well, and will delight audiences too. We’re confident she will build on the quality and growth the orchestra has achieved under Paul’s direction.”

Riemer brings experience in programming and conducting for professional, community, college, and youth orchestras, choral works and opera. She has a master of arts in conducting from the Royal Academy of Music in London and a bachelor of music in viola performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD.

Currently, she conducts the Trinity Community Philharmonic Orchestra in Deerfield, Ill. Previously, she freelanced as a conductor in London, and also held positions as assistant conductor of New Philharmonic, DuPage Opera Theatre, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, and the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra.

The first concert under Riemer’s baton is scheduled for October 1. Details of the full four-concert season, and meet-and-greet events with the new conductor, will be announced in the near future.

Riemer was selected based on the recommendation of a search committee formed late last summer after Thorgaard announced that this would be his last season. The committee, made up of representatives of the board and sections of the orchestra, spent months interviewing and researching many candidates before making its final recommendation in late January.

Riemer is only the third music director to lead the orchestra, which was founded in 1968 by Albert “Bud” Asch at the University of Wisconsin - Washington County in West Bend. A 501c(3) organization, the KMS relies on support from individuals, corporations and foundations, with major support from the West Bend Community Foundation, a supporting organization of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Gen6 Foundation, and others.

View Ms. Riemer's bio

Children's music event at West Bend Community Memorial  Library

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West Bend Library Family Fun Days - Next Date: May 7

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

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 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 West Bend Community Memorial Library, coordinated by KMS education liason, Patricia MacIntyre.

The program is geared for ages 4-12, but all ages (including adults) are welcome. The event takes place at the library. If you would like to receive emailed reminders prior to these events, please send us an email.

In December a record number of children and their parents attended the Family Fun Day event, "Christmas Around the World", in conjunction with the two holiday concerts being performed by KMS. Patricia McIntyre, program coordinator, said afterward, "I am so delighted to announce we had twenty five children and many adults who attended this morning's KMS Family Fun Day event at the library. It was fantastic! I recruited seven West Bend High School Band musicians, and ten Interact students, and we needed all of them! Families kept thanking me for having a program that brought music into their kids' lives in a way they don't usually get to experience it, and for having teens there show that musicianship is cool.  Every family signed up for our email list and wants to be invited next time."

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)

We hope you enjoyed this concert, which was part of the UW-Washington County series on Germany.

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.

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.


For complete information, click here to read the news release.

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 young musical talent with a performance by the student winner of the Moraine Area Private Music Teachers Organization's Washington County Concerto Competition. This year's Senior Division winner is Emmalie Olsen, a flutist and a junior at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. More details about Emmalie coming soon.

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

Kettle Moraine Symphony returns to Holy Hill with the Moraine Chorus

Brahms: “A German 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 Dr. 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

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Countryside Delights - Beethoven, Offenbach, Young Artist winner

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Beethoven "Pastoral" symphony March 13

Beethoven's 6th Symphony

We hope our audience enjoyed experiencing Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, the colorful "Pastoral" symphony on Sunday, March 13 at 2:00, as much as we enjoyed performing it. In the intimate setting of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, the audience can almost be a part of the orchestra.

Several lucky people came early for a lively informational talk by Dr. Peter Gibeau, KMS principal bassist and UWWC professor of music, complete with excerpts from the program illustrated on piano.

Congratulations to the Moraine Area Private Music Teachers Association 2016 concerto competition winner, Emmalie Olsen, flute, on her fine performance of the first movement of the Concerto in G Major by Giovanni Pergolesi. Emmalie studies flute with Carol Meves and is a junior at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School.

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KMS welcomes audition inquiries at any time, as our needs may change throughout the season and we maintain a sub list.

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

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

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