To enrich, engage, and inspire our community through the performance of orchestral music.


Orchestral music is essential to the cultural life of our community.

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra History

In 1950 the Northern Arizona Orchestra played its first concert in the gymnasium at Northern Arizona University. On May 29, 1961, articles of incorporation were filed with the state of Arizona declaring the Flagstaff Symphony Association a nonprofit corporation. The names on that document are embedded in Flagstaff’s history: George Babbitt, Jr., William W. Stevenson, Elden S. Porter, Robert F. Clark, William V. Borcherding, Platt Cline, Charles Fairchilds, and Eldon A. Ardrey.

Celebrating its 70th season, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is the largest and most active performing arts organization in northern Arizona. Since 1950, the FSO has captivated its audiences with exciting performances, engaging education programs, and meaningful community outreach initiatives. The FSO enriches, serves and shapes the cultural life of the region and acts as a positive driver of employment and tourism. With its Music Director and Conductor, Charles Latshaw, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is firmly committed to the highest musical standards, bringing the best of orchestral music to audiences of all ages.

Music Director Charles Latshaw leads performances with superb musical sense and attention to excellence. He is preceded by a line of distinguished conductors: Jack Swartz, Harold Goodman, Vernon Kliewer, Pat Curry, Tom Kirshbaum, Harold Weller, Randall Craig Fleischer, and Elizabeth Schulze.