The Grand Rapids Symphony Friends

The Grand Rapids Symphony Friends (formerly known as The Grand Rapids Women’s Committee) was founded in 1941 to promote and support the growth of the Grand Rapids Symphony and to further the appreciation and understanding of quality music.
We carry out projects to raise funds for the Symphony’s education programs and have opportunities to engage with Grand Rapids Symphony musicians and Symphony leadership. We love creative projects and welcome newcomers who enjoy music and outreach activities such as this year’s Fairy Walk at Blandford Nature Center.

We focus our energy on music education outreach programs and engaging the community in our creative events, like Blandford Enchanted!

The Grand Rapids Symphony


The Grand Rapids Symphony – led by Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, Associate Conductor John Varineau, and Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt – touches the lives of some 200,000 people from 14 counties across the state through its concerts.

Since 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony has been serving its community and has remained a source of civic pride in Michigan for 86 seasons. Recent initiatives include Symphony Scorecard and Free for Families, both of which bring new audiences into DeVos Performance Hall who otherwise would not be able to attend programs. Beyond the concert hall, the orchestra’s Music for Health initiative sends musicians into area hospitals, armed with the healing power of music.

Now more than ever, students need creative skill-building to succeed in the classrooms of today as well as the work places of tomorrow. The Grand Rapids Symphony is dedicated to providing a wide range of activities including performing ensembles, scholarships, and awards.