Bringing to life the richness of performing arts to our community.
A Brief History
In 1952, a small group of music enthusiasts headed by the late publisher of the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Julius Davidson, saw a need to “foster and promote musical works.” They realized there could be no responsible growth and development of our area without a significant cultural base. The result was the Daytona Beach Symphony Society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the community with a wide range of musical and artistic programs.
The Symphony Guild, a committee under the Society was formed in 1955. The all-volunteer group created awareness of the Society through a series of concert previews, an annual gala, and numerous fundraisers/social gatherings.
In the 1960s the three-concert series was expanded to a six-concert season from October to April. Then in the 1980s the Symphony Society broadened its programming and began presenting the finest national and international orchestras. It continued to pursue a dual mission of presenting the finest international talent while ensuring that the best regional talent was also included.
In 1996, the Society founded the Youth Experiencing Symphony (YES!) program, which enables thousands of students to attend free concerts each year.
The Daytona Beach Symphony Society Endowment was established in 2003 to assist in providing permanent support to the Daytona Beach Symphony Society. It attracts charitable funds, chiefly in the form of permanent endowments and testamentary giving and is overseen by the Board of Directors Endowment Committee.
The Board of Directors, Artistic Advisory Council and the Symphony Guild contribute their financial support, time and talent to support the Symphony Society’s mission, programs and services.