About Us

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SSO performs at Valparaiso’s Memorial Opera House

Our Mission and Our Story.

The South Shore Orchestra is an auditioned orchestra committed to bridging musicians, audiences and communities to advance enjoyment and appreciation of orchestra music throughout the south shore region. 

For 13 years, the South Shore Orchestra has been dedicated to broadening horizons in Porter County and beyond.

It’s true – we believe that music inspires innovation and capital ideas, development and growth. Music brings communities together to share thoughts of understanding, equality, tolerance. Your entire perspective on life may be changed after hearing a single piece of music. Without a doubt, music remains a powerful force – and we are deeply passionate about it.

Our Common Core.

Accessibility: By keeping our ticket prices low, we aim to provide an excellent musical experience for all members of the community. The SSO also facilitates several outreach initiatives involving artistic expression that have remained free to participants.

Education: We offer multiple opportunities for youth to get involved with music. Through partnerships with our donors, the SSO has been able to sponsor a generous $2,500 annual scholarship for dedicated, college-bound high school seniors. The SSO also has student apprentices that perform side-by-side with the orchestra’s seasoned players.

Cultural Diplomacy: The SSO has participated in 5 tours to China through an exchange program with Valparaiso University’s Confucius Institute. While on tour, the SSO has worked to foster stronger international relations and cultural understanding through the language of music. We have been able to bring back new musical ideas to share with our audiences, leading to a richer, more vibrant experience.

Dynamic Programming: We love performing Beethoven and Brahms, but we also get really excited about our collaborations with contemporary composers and artists who come from all around the world. Such composers include Ana Milosavljevic, Michael Schelle and Miho Sasaki.

In short, we’re one of a kind.  We hope to see you at our next performance!