Red Cedar Symphony Fall Concerts

Fall 2015 Concert Series

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:00pm, Chetek Lutheran Church
Sunday, November 15, 2015, 4:00pm, University of Wisconsin-Barron County Fine Arts Theatre


  • Stars and Stripes Forever -- John Phillip Sousa
  • Ashokan Farewell -- Jay Unger, arranged by C. Custer
  • English Folk Song Suite -- Vaughn Williams, arranged by Jacob
    • March
    • Intermezzo
    • March


  • Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" -- Dvorak
    • Adagio-Allegro Molto
    • Largo
    • Scherzo: Molto Vivace
    • Allegro Con Fuoco

New! Special Youth Concert Opportunity

The Red Cedar Symphony has instituted a new program in which any youth under the age of 21 may attend our concerts at no admission charge.

Email us for further details.

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Red Cedar Symphony names Kevin Peters Artistic Director/Conductor

The board of directors of the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra (RCSO) has selected Kevin Peters to be Artistic Director and Conductor after a year-long search process.

“I welcome Kevin to the RCSO! With his many talents he will surely lead our orchestra to new heights of classical music performance and continue to develop RCSO as Northwest Wisconsin’s premier regional orchestra,” said RCSO board president Earl Cook.

Mr. Peters served as guest conductor for the RCSO’s “Concert in the Park” last August, and for the symphony’s fall concert series in November, 2014. He is a graduate of Ithaca College with a Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting, where he conducted nearly every major instrumental ensemble, including several performances as orchestra director with the college’s nationally recognized theater program. Locally he has conducted shows for the Eau Claire Children’s Theater, Chippewa Valley Theater Guild, and Menomonie Theater Guild. In November 2015 he will serve as a guest conductor with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his conducting engagements, Mr. Peters works as an artist representative for Arts Management Associates, and is the manager and exclusive agent for the Dallas Brass.

“I am honored to be a part of the Red Cedar Symphony,” said Peters. “It is a hidden treasure in Northwest Wisconsin that more people need to know about! I look forward to working with the musicians and to meeting members of the community at our upcoming concerts.”

In upcoming months the RCSO will perform on Tuesday, August 4th in the Veterans Memorial Park in Rice Lake as part of the city’s “Music in the Park” series, and at UW-Barron’s “U-Fest” on Saturday, August 15. Fall concert performances will take place at the end of November, with dates and venues to be announced.

Established in 1983 and housed at the University of Wisconsin-Barron Fine Arts Center, the RCSO draws musicians from throughout northwestern Wisconsin, including Cumberland, Ladysmith, Spooner, Exeland, Prairie Farm, Chetek, Trego, Springbrook, Bruce, Hayward, Cable, Winter, Bloomer, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, and Osseo.

Red Cedar Symphony Annonces its 2016 Concerto Competition

The Red Cedar Symphony invites advanced musicians to compete for the chance to perform with the orchestra at its spring concerts in April of 2016. This bi-annual competition is open to two categories of musicians: 1) college age and younger, 2) post college age. The competition is limited to piano, classical orchestral instruments, and classical voice.

To enter, fill out the application form available HERE and submit with the $10 application fee, by mail, to the Red Cedar Symphony, P.O. Box 109, 330 Main St., Rice Lake, WI, 54868, by December 31, 2015. If you have additional questions, please email the RCS at,

Auditions will take place in January, 2016, and will be arranged individually with each applicant. Applicants must supply their own piano accompanists (except if competing in the piano category). Musical selections must be standard repertoire, and have orchestra parts in print and available through standard publishers. Vocalists must select an aria from a major oratorio or opera, and instrumentalists should prepare one movement of a concerto. All selections must be between four and 15 minutes in length. Memorization is optional, but preferred.

Red Cedar Symphony is looking for an Executive Director

The RCS is a volunteer regional orchestra based in Rice Lake, WI. The Executive Director is a part-time position that reports to the Board of Directors at monthly board meetings. The ED works with the Artistic Director/Conductor and the Director of Personnel in planning concerts. Requirements and responsibilities include:

  • A passion for the arts
  • Administrative/office and computer skills
  • Donor relations and fund-raising
  • Grant writing, letters, and newsletter
  • Concert preparations - programs
  • Coordinating volunteers and events
Non-profit experience is a plus. Should be familiar with the Rice Lake community.

Please forward your resume to:

Robin Fossum, RCS Secretary
630 28th St, Chetek WI 54728

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