A non-profit, volunteer community arts organization, the Dakota Valley Symphony has served Minnesota’s Dakota County since 1986.
Concerts have been performed in parks, churches, schools, community centers and other public buildings throughout Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Hastings, Lakeville, Prior Lake and Saint Paul. The Symphony has performed for Minneapolis’ Mill City Music Festival, Stillwater’s Lumberjack Days and for the Dakota County Historical Society.
The organization was created to provide an opportunity for skilled volunteer musicians to join together to perform and promote diverse symphonic musical experiences of all periods and styles for residents of the south suburban Twin Cities area. The group also provides a forum for aspiring local composers to premiere their work.
The symphony is comprised of a 60-member symphony orchestra, a 40-member mixed chorus and a 90-member Summer Pops orchestra and chorus, all under the direction of founder and music director Stephen J. Ramsey.
HistoryThe Dakota Valley Symphony was formed in 1986 as the Dakota Valley Civic Orchestral Association (DVCOA) — a nonprofit, volunteer community arts organization based in Dakota County. The organization was created to provide an opportunity for musicians to perform and to provide quality musical experiences primarily for residents of the south suburban Twin Cities area, including Burnsville, Eagan, Apple Valley, Lakeville and Hastings.
The Symphony began as a small chamber orchestra and has grown into a full symphony orchestra, a mixed chorus (established in 1992) and a summer pops orchestra & chorus (established in 1995). During a typical season, the symphony’s repertoire will include classical orchestral music, concerti, oratorio, music theater, familiar Hollywood or Broadway themes, and premiere works. Concerts have been performed in churches, schools, public buildings, and parks. Concert attendance has ranged from 100 to over 20,000 people at summer pops venues.