Facts & Figures

For organizational and financial overviews of KJSS provided by Guidestar, click here.

For a detailed financial statement and accountant’s report please click on the link: Financial Review Junior Symphony 5.31.17

To view the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Funder Report, click on the link: CDP – Kalamazoo Junior Symphony 2019

Did you know…

  • KJSS students represent 42 schools in 23 communities.
  • Only five of the represented school district in KJSS orchestras have orchestra programs
  • In the past 15 years…
    • 99% of our graduating seniors have gone on to college
    • An average of 44% of our graduating seniors go on to major in music
  • Participation in KJSO Ensemble training is free of charge. In return, students give back to the community in the form of educational presentations and outreach performances to area at-risk and school children, seniors and worthy community events.
  • KJSS provides scholarships for the beginning of the year KJSO Tune-up and PSO Prep Prelude Camp, registration fees, private lessons and summer music camp experiences.


  • KJSS serves as a feeder to area professional and community orchestras and bands
    • 24% of Kalamazoo College Philharmonia musicians are KJSO alumni or members
    • 14% of Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra musicians are KJSO alumni
    • 14% of Southwest MI Symphony Orchestra musicians are KJSO alumni
    • 15% of Battle Creek Symphony Orch. musicians are KJSO alumni
    • 14% of Kalamazoo Concert Band musicians are KJSO alumni
    • 5% of Western Michigan Univ. Symphony Orchestra are KJSO alumni
  • Provides affordable high quality concerts in Kalamazoo’s historic Chenery Auditorium
  • Enhances school music programs
  • Brings educational programs along with an instrument petting zoo free of charge to area schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and Communities in Schools sites and provides outreach concerts to senior residences, missions and community events
  • Ensures the future of fine music by educating and inspiring future professional players, teachers, and arts consumers
  • Works collaboratively with area music teachers, music schools, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and Stulberg International String Competition to effectively and efficiently provide vigorous training and musically enriching experiences
  • Hires area music educators, professional musicians student interns, solo artists
  • Brings families into the community to shop, take lessons, and attend arts events
  • Teaches skills that create outstanding employees
  • Offers wholesome outlet for area’s young people

To view our statistics in more detail along with a listing of our 2014-2015 Activities, click on the link: 14-15 KJSS Activities and Stats.

Rev: July 2015