The KJSOs strive to be diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
The KJSOs do not charge a tuition fee. Instead, we work to cover our operating costs through grants, fundraisers, and donations. We offer scholarships for our modest registration fees and for enrichment activities, such as: private music lessons, and summer music camps. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please contact us here.
End AAPI Hate
The KJSOs condemn, in the strongest possible terms, all racism and hate crimes directed toward the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. We are deeply saddened by the recent rise in such events. We stand with our AAPI members and families, seeking always to provide a space for their voices to be heard, to offer a source of support, and to grapple with how we can be agents of change in our community to end hate for good.
Black Lives Matter
The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestras organization stands with those fighting against racism in our country and our community. We are heartbroken by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others before them. Black Lives Matter.
We are dedicated to instilling excellence in youth and enriching our community, and we cannot do those things without acknowledging that systemic racism exists in our country and are pledging to combat it.
While this is an ongoing discussion within our organization, these recent tragedies and the dialogue we’re now having as a nation have made us reflect on our role and what we can do and must do. Our anti-discrimination policy is only a start. A goal of our orchestras and audiences reflecting the community is only a start. We have work to do, and we are committed to doing that work.