Creating Community Through Music

We can change the world, one note at a time.

Who We Are

Founded in 1995 by its current music director and conductor, Dr. Andrew Kurtz, the Gulf Coast Symphony remains one of the most dynamic orchestras in the United States. The Gulf Coast Symphony exists to contribute to the cultural enrichment of Southwest Florida by producing and performing a broad variety of concerts and creating a diverse, innovative, and balanced program of performances, events, and community and education projects that reaches the widest possible public.

The next great venture in our mission to Create Community Through Music is the opening of a new Music & Arts Community Center (MACC) in Fort Myers. The MACC will be a creative hub where people of all ages and abilities can share music and arts as common ground, and where diversity, expression and self-transformation is the very air we breathe.

What We Do

— Educate

We believe that lifelong learning should be accessible to all. Our year-round classes provide invaluable music and arts education to the Southwest Florida community.

— Inspire

We believe in the children in our community. By providing equitable access to all children, we can inspire the next generation of great musicians, artists, and human beings.

— Perform

We believe incredible performances can transform communities, drive positive change, and enrich lives. Our diverse offerings go far beyond the typical classical orchestra.

Impact Stories

MusicWorks! — A Way Forward, from Behind

We believe this program will help improve the future of the children and the neighborhood. It’s about long-term success in life and academia. The skills they’re learning — listening skills, working together skills, the critical thinking skills, the evaluation skills, the stop-and-think skills — will enable them to be more successful people.

Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Access

Our new Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) program will help develop more diverse audiences and showcase the talents of under-represented minority artists living in Southwest Florida.

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