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 Music 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 2012 rehearsals begin on September 5th.