Jerry Billinger, President
Judy Soule, President-Elect
Bobbi Caggianelli, Treasurer
Jayne Cafer, Secretary
Gordon McQuere, Past President



Trella Anderson
David Azwell
Marlyn Burch
Cynthia Enstrom
Cindy Erickson
Ralph Hipp
Jim Klausman
Michael Lennen
Von Kopfman
Laura Lutz
Bill McDonald
Bill Naeger
Eric Rea
James Van Sickle
Ed Webber
Tom Welch
Sandi Wilber
Connie Wood



Sue Krische, President,
Topeka Symphony League

James Mosher and Laura McGill,
Orchestra Co-Presidents

Steve Page, Chair,
Topeka Symphony
Endowment Trustees



Allan Comstock
Tracy Teague Tugman
Shawn Evans
Melanie Paris Wambsganss



A Note from the President

The 71st season for Topeka Symphony Orchestra (TSO) continues our tradition of bringing outstanding musical performances to patrons throughout Northeast Kansas. The Board of Directors and staff are focused on bringing TSO performances to new communities as well as new age groups. It takes extraordinary effort and support to achieve this goal.
Maestro Kyle Wiley Pickett has chosen Lovers, Villains & Legends as the theme for this season’s thrilling concert series. You will not want to miss a single performance of this legendary experience of story-telling through music. Contact the TSO Office or visit the links on this website for additional information, schedules and ticket packages.
For the second year, Maestro Pickett and the orchestra will provide the music for the Kansas Ballet’s Nutcracker. Look for updates on this website for additional opportunities to enjoy TSO performances in other venues. Students from Topeka and neighboring communities will delight in the annual School Day Concerts on February 15, 2017. Morning and afternoon concerts allow elementary and middle-school age youth to experience the magnificent music of the TSO and perhaps ignite a new passion.
This year we introduce a brand new event for Topeka and the surrounding area. Frugal House will showcase creative decorating ideas that are affordable and sustainable without sacrificing taste and style. The inaugural Frugal House event will be October 14 – 16, 2016 at the new Jackson Street Lofts. Please check back on this website for updates. Also keep watch for information on the Topeka Symphony League’s 28th annual Gala, Friday, January 13, 2017.
We are very proud of the Topeka Symphony Youth Ensembles, which were established in 1957 to provide educational and performance opportunities for area youth. This is a great opportunity for elementary, middle and high school students to develop their musical and performance skills.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to individuals and businesses in Topeka and surrounding communities for their support. It takes so much more than a conductor and musicians to make these performances happen. There are many different ways that you can help, including financial support, volunteering on the Board or one of our committees, participating in special events and introducing your friends to the wonderful experience of the concerts.
The Topeka Symphony has been a cultural treasure for over 70 years in Northeast Kansas. This success is a tribute to its conductor and orchestra members along with generous individual and business donors, ticket holders, many volunteers and dedicated staff. Additionally, a special thank you is extended to members of the Board of Directors, the Topeka Symphony League and Symphony Endowment Board of Trustees whose dedication and commitment to the Topeka Symphony are so vital.
Thank you for your support and for taking time from your busy schedule to attend the concerts. We hope you enjoy the sights and sounds of Lovers, Villains & Legends throughout the TSO’s 71st season.


Jerry Billinger

Board President, Topeka Symphony Orchestra