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.


Creating future generations of internationally celebrated musicians

Core Values


We commit to the highest level of artistic, administrative, board, and volunteer quality and performance.

Community Engagement

We foster meaningful, respectful, and collaborative relationships with patrons and all members of our large, diverse community by offering a variety of enriching programs.

Education and Outreach

We provide learning opportunities for students and audiences of all ages throughout our community.

Partnership and Collaboration

We approach internal and external relationships with a spirit of respect and interconnectedness.

Inclusivity and Diversity

We intentionally embrace and promote diversity across all levels of our organization, including its people, its programs, and its audiences to reflect our community’s diverse population.


We remain relevant by evolving our offerings with our sights set on the future while remaining true to our mission, vision, and core values.

Development and Sustainability

We invest responsibly in new opportunities for sustainability and growth by striving to meet stakeholder needs and by advancing our orchestra’s artistic abilities.

Stewardship and Impact

We provide compelling stewardship that ensures adherence to our mission, vision, and core values; and we document our impact in reports to stakeholders and supporters.

Fiscal Responsibility

We are committed to fiscal responsibility achieved by practicing long-term planning, careful oversight, and prudent use of debt.

Accountability and Transparency

We hold ourselves to a high standard of transparency and accountability to our donors.

Culture Behaviors

Work with accountability and responsibility

Treat everyone with dignity and respect

Demonstrate loyaltydependability, and commitment to the organization’s goals.

Communicate with transparency and honesty.

Develop honest and trustworthy relationships with community, donors, and team.

Foster communityteamwork, and professionalism.

Empower team members with informationtools, and support needed to be effective.