The community orchestra for Newton, Harvey County, and the surrounding area since 1956, NMKSO presents classical music performed by local musicians. The season includes two classics concerts, summer chamber music, school outreach, and special events. Players comprise professional and community musicians, educators, and outstanding students.

Mission of NMKSO: to be an outstanding community orchestra that advocates and performs great symphonic music for Newton and the surrounding region.

Vision: NMKSO is a community-based organization which provides area residents the opportunity to perform and appreciate a variety of orchestral literature. Through our concerts and outreach programs we strive to educate and inspire audiences and enrich the artistic, economic, and cultural life of the community.

General Manager

Jill Gatz

Jill Gatz has served as General Manager of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra (NMKSO) since 2002, having previously been the assistant manager. She works with the Music Director and Board of Directors in season planning, and engages orchestra musicians and soloists. She also serves as the organization’s general business manager, and is principal clarinetist with the orchestra. During her tenure NMKSO has featured national and international musicians, commissioned new works, and held a world premiere.

Musical Director

NMKSO Music Director

Thomas Douglas

Pittsburgh, PA

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Past Directors

NMKSO Music Director

Daniel Hege

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
Wichita Symphony Orchestra


NMKSO Music Director

Diego Sánchez Haase

Asuncion, Paraguay
Wichita Symphony Orchestra

Board Members

Susan Hrovat, President
Donna Woolery, Vice President
Dr. Stephen Cranston, Treasurer
Ken Rodgers, Secretary
Greta Hiebert, Executive Secretary
Jill Gatz, General Manager
Joey Menninga, Assistant Manager
Anthony Jasso, Stage Manager

Dr. William R. Beck
Dr. Adam V. Fontana
Drew Holstine
Reinhild Janzen
Esther Koontz
Ben Lichti
Gayle Funk, Grace Notes Consultant
Rachel Unruh, Social Media Associate Member

Honorary Board Members

Dwight Beckham
Walter Claassen, in memoriam
Gertrude Olson


Barbara Bunting
Marvin Dirks
Ruthann Dirks
Lois Friesen
Ron Garber
Harold Gregg
Judy Hand
Harv Hiebert
Jan Hoberecht
Bonnie Krehbiel
Jane Jones
Justina Neufeld
Keith Neufeld

Rachel Newell
Merrill Raber
Tjaden Sadowski
Trish Schimming
Harold Schorn
John Sheriff
Ryan Simmonds
Sarah Smith
Bev Stigge
Allen Wedel
Margie Wiens
Laura Williams
Stephen Williams