Learn more about the KSO Musicians, Part I

Gatlinburg Benefit group

Here are a few interesting facts about the KSO Musicians. Please share with your friends, family or any other supporters of the KSO Musicians. On our website, http://www.ksomusicians.org you can donate, subscribe to our newsletters, and learn more about the many musicians that make our organization one of Knoxville’s greatest gems.

We are members of the Knoxville community! We are from all over the USA and the world — our KSO musicians have relocated an average of 1122 miles to play with the KSO. We don’t just play music here—we participate actively in the community through teaching, hobbies, causes, and churches. We also volunteer throughout the community in organizations like Boy Scouts of America, Clarinets for Conservations, Justice Knox, Meals on Wheels, Bridge Refugee Services, and various animal rescue organizations, and as foster parents, just to name a few!

Did you know the average KSO musician has been playing their instrument for 34 years?! KSO Musicians hold an average of 2.3 degrees from many of the finest music schools around such as Yale, Juilliard, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory among many others.

KSO Musicians have an average of $47,000 dollars invested in instruments, music, and equipment. These investments are required to win and hold a professional job with the KSO. Their combined costs far exceed $2,000,000!

KSO is a fully professional orchestra that contracts both full- time and part time musicians. Our 24 full-time players make about $30,000 per year while most of our part-time players make less than $7000 per year working for the KSO. During the symphony season we only have Mondays off, and we routinely work nights, weekends, and some holidays.

WE LOVE CATS! 61% of KSO Musicians are pet owners and our cats outnumber our dogs 4 to 1!