The North State Symphony was created in 2001 from the merger of the Chico and Redding Symphonies, and functions as a program within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at California State University, Chico. Kyle Wiley Pickett was the conductor of the North State Symphony from its inception in 2001 until 2014. After a two year search process, Scott Seaton was appointed Music Director in 2015. The 2020-21 concert season celebrates twenty seasons of the North State Symphony's service to California communities through music.
The musicians of the orchestra include professionals from throughout Northern California and beyond, and local students.
Financial support comes from our patrons, from community leaders who serve on the NSS Advisory Board and Board of Regents, and from music lovers throughout our north state communities. The origins of the North State Symphony can be traced back to 1905, when the first orchestra formed at what was then the Chico State Normal School. Thus 2005 was celebrated as the 100th anniversary of symphonic music in the North State area.
The North State Symphony is a professional orchestra dedicated to achieving excellence in musical performance and educational opportunities, while engaging and shaping the cultural life of Northern California.