Joliet Symphony Orchestra

The Joliet Symphony Orchestra at the University of St. Francis, founded in 2005 as a university-community partnership, performs varied works for orchestra and is open to USF students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the area community.

The Music Director is Jim Stopher, a native of Louisville, who completed his DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore in May 2011. Stopher was named a winner of the annual International Conductor’s Workshop and Competition and a finalist for the Conductor’s Guild Thelma E. Robinson Award. In addition to his conducting skills, Stopher is a pianist and has been featured in a variety of venues nationwide.

Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30pm in the Sexton Auditorium of the Moser Performing Arts Center at USF. Fall 2014 rehearsals begin on September 3rd.

For more information, please visit the orchestra’s website at or contact Jim Stopher at 815.768.8384 or