The orchestra operates through Grand Rapids Community College, which provides funding for the conductor, rehearsal space, and in part for support services, concertmaster's salary, printing services, hall rental, music purchase and rental expense, and other miscellaneous expenses. The balance of funding is through ticket sales, donations, and fundraising. Leadership of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra is provided by its Board of Directors, comprised of members of the orchestra and others outside the orchestra membership, all elected by orchestra members. Concerts are presented in Royce Auditorium at the St. Cecilia Music Center, a collaborative partner with GRCC, as well as other Grand Rapids area venues.
Joining the Orchestra-
Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to
10:00 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community College Music Center.
Membership in KPO requires an audition with our music
director and also requires enrollment in GRCC Workforce
Training with a $35 enrollment fee each semester for members
that are not students.
We currently have openings for all strings and Trombone.