56 Years “Stayin’ Alive” in Rochester, Michigan
The Rochester Symphony Orchestra began in 1961 as part of the Department of Adult Education of the Rochester Board of Education. The small group of musicians were determined to share the enjoyment of making music with the people of their community. Through its developmental years the RSO experienced inventive growth and maturity under the batons of Frederick Johnson (1961-1963), Richard Goldsworthy (1963-1970), Alonzo Seaboldt (1970-1975), and Ed Steinhardt (1975-1978). These directors built the orchestra and enhanced its recognition as a cultural resource in the greater Rochester area.