80th Anniversary

The Hastings Symphony marked its 80th Anniversary during the 2005 - 2006 Season.

Dr. Byron Jensen

Dr. Byron Jensen was named Conductor and Artistic Director in May, 2004.

Concert in the Park

In 1995, an annual, free Concert in the Park was established. The Symphony is frequently called upon by various Hastings groups or organizations to supply music for special functions. Generally small groups from within the orchestra and individuals meet these special requests.

Young Artist Auditions

The Young Artist Auditions were started in 1959. Today, these auditions alternate between high school students from Nebraska and Hastings College students. The young artists are presented at a Symphony concert generally in the spring of each year. This program provides an outstanding opportunity for young musicians.

First Concert

The first concert was presented on May 26, 1926 at the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings. Under Mr. Noyes' 11 years as director, the orchestra developed into a full symphonic ensemble with 75 members.

Hastings Symphony Orchestra

Frank Noyes, violinist and music instructor at Hastings College, organized the Hastings Symphony Orchestra with 25 members.