Founded in 1975, the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra is the hidden gem of the Chippewa Valley. In collaboration with conductor, Nobu Yasuda and guest artists from around the world (and the area), the CVSO performs five concerts each year in various locations around the valley.

In 1975 a small group of musicians got together for the joy of playing standard classical repertoire. Although their access to music was extremely limited, Roy Bennett agreed to lead them. By the time of the orchestra's incorporation in fall 1975, 22 string players were in the group, and wind players were invited to join them. Financial resources were meager; they consisted of dues paid by members and the director.

The first concert was performed in 1976 at the Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater in Menomonie, Wisconsin. In 1977 the CVS became a member of the Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras and the American Symphony Orchestra League.

The CVS grew to a membership of 60-65 musicians for the 1978-79 season and remains about the same size today. The State: Regional Arts Center has been home to our office and the location of most concerts since 1988.

In 1978, Music Director Roy Bennett left Eau Claire and guest conductors led the group for a season. Ivar Lunde, a music professor at UW-Eau Claire, became the conductor for the next nine seasons. In 1987, Dr. Merton Johnson arrived to chair the UW-Eau Claire Music Department. He conducted the CVS orchestra from 1988 to 1993. In the fall of 1992, Nobuyoshi Yasuda came to UW-EC to teach violin and conduct the UW-EC Symphony Orchestra. He has been our music director since 1993. 

Phone: 715.832.6366
402 Graham Ave STE 205
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Office Hours: By appointment


The mission of the Chippewa Valley Symphony is to provide an excellent symphonic experience to audiences in the Chippewa Valley.

The Chippewa Valley Symphony will:

1. Increase the understanding and appreciation of orchestral music to an expanding audience.
2. Provide our audiences with a diversity of orchestral selections and artists.
3. Provide an opportunity for talented local musicians to perform.


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