Mission Statement

To engage, educate, and entertain the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music.


Palm Beach Symphony was founded in 1974 to address the need for a professional orchestra in Palm Beach County. In its earliest years, the orchestra performed only a few concerts a year with a part-time conductor and a volunteer staff. It was not until Mrs. Ethel S. Stone became the Symphony’s board chair, a position she held for 23 years, that the orchestra began establishing itself as a cultural force in the community.

A visionary leader, Mrs. Stone inherited her love of music from her family and generously shared it with the community she loved. During her tenure, a number of well-known musical figures served in leadership roles, including Karl Karapetian, John Iuele, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Stewart Kershaw, David Gray, Ulf Bjorlin, and John Covelli.

When Mrs. Stone died on August 6, 1996, John and Joan Tighe stepped in to continue her legacy. They established a stable board of directors, a dedicated administrative staff, and a small endowment fund to ensure the Symphony’s continued growth. Musicians who led the orchestra during the Tighes’ tenure were Alan Kogosowski, Vladimir Ponkin, Sergiu Schwartz, Ray Robinson and Donald Oglesby.


Now in its 45th season and under the leadership of Executive Director David McClymont, Palm Beach Symphony has grown into a world-class orchestra with an expanded mission that includes carefully crafted education and community outreach programs that bring live classical music programs and concerts into schools, community centers, and public venues in and around the Palm Beaches. McClymont oversees a robust season of masterworks and chamber music concerts, produced under the artistic and music direction of internationally renowned conductor, Maestro Ramón Tebar.

PBS masterworks and chamber performances are presented in historically significant venues and culturally important concert halls, including the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, The Society of the Four Arts, Norton Museum of Art, Rosarian Academy, the Harriet Himmel Theatre, and Benjamin Hall. For more information, visit palmbeachsymphony.org.