WHO WE ARE…OUR MISSION
AND HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The Garden State Philharmonic Symphony Society, Inc. (GSP) is dedicated to a mission of maintaining and operating a professional level symphony orchestra at the Jersey Shore; to giving concerts of cultural and educational value in and for the community; and to fostering such related activities that will encourage interest in and appreciation of music. The core values of the GSP center around performance, education, and accessibility: to preserve classical music through public presentation; to promote arts education by introducing the children of our community to the wonders of orchestral and choral music; to make such music accessible to all residents; and to contribute vital energy to regional economic development and cultural tourism.
It began with a dream, some musicians, and very little money. In 1955, a group of community minded people determined that a need existed to provide quality symphonic music to the residents of the Jersey Shore and founded the Garden State Philharmonic Symphony Society. What began as a community orchestra has become a highly respected professional orchestra, a community chorus, a three-tiered youth orchestra, a volunteer league and a substantial education program, including school-based residencies and courses led by Maestro LaGruth at Georgian Court University and Ocean County College.
Learn more about the Garden State Philharmonic’s history, mission and those who strive to make the Garden State Philharmonic not only your orchestra of choice, but the cultural resource at the Jersey Shore.