(Stephen Ramsey)

Jim Christian introduced speaker Stephen Ramsey, Conductor and Music Director for the Dakota Valley Symphony.


The Dakota Valley Symphony was formed in 1986 as the Dakota Valley Civic Orchestral Association, a volunteer nonprofit community arts organization based in Dakota County. The organization was created to provide an opportunity for musicians to perform and to provide quality musical experiences primarily for residents of the south suburban Twin Cities’ area, including Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Hastings, Lakeville, Prior Lake, and Shakopee.


Now organized as the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus (DVS&C), it is comprised of a 60- member orchestra and a 50-member mixed chorus, as well as a 90-member Summer Pops Orchestra and Chorus. Concerts during the regular season are performed exclusively at the Ames Center (formerly the Burnsville Performing Arts Center) where DVS&C is one of three resident companies. The repertoire of a typical season includes classical orchestral music, concerti, oratorio, music theater, Hollywood and Broadway themes, and premiere works.


The Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus Summer Pops series include:

The Last Full Measure: A Commemoration of the Civil War

  • Tuesday, July 7, 7PM Antlers Park, Lakeville
  • Sunday, July 12, 630PM Caponi Art Park, Eagan
  • Tuesday, July 21, 7PM, Normandale Lake Band Shell, Bloomington
  • Wednesday, July 22, 7PM, Civic Center Park, Burnsville