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Welcome to the Firelands Symphony Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor Maestro Carl Topilow!

The Firelands Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1992 as a non-profit organization after 10 years as a growing chamber orchestra. Leadership shifted through many hands as the organization grew until May of 2008 when our current Music Director and Conductor Carl Topilow joined the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. The Orchesta has experienced tremendous growth in quality, subscriptions, attendance and exposure to world class soloists with Carl’s contribution. The Firelands Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to “Enrich lives through music” and continues to expand its musical offerings through the introduction of the Firelands Symphony Chorale led by Michael Shirtz, the FSO School of Music and many community engagement and outreach activities.

To learn more about the Firelands Symphony Orchestra and members please follow these links:

Enriching Lives Through Music


  • Music Education Engagement
    Each year, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra brings our guest artists and musicians into local schools across North Central Ohio to perform, teach and encourage choir, orchestra and band classes. Additionally, we bring an artist or ensemble to three elementary schools for a multi-grade interactive music presentation (up to 375 students).
  • Music Lessons
    ou can sign up at anytime. We offer lessons for: piano, guitar, music theory, saxophone, clarinet, viola, cello, voice, trumpet, and trombone. Call (419) 621-4800 to register!
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SUPPORT THE FSO

Did you know that ticket sales cover only 25% of the cost of producing FSO’s concert series and community engagement programs? Nearly 3/4 of the orchestra’s budget comes from grants, special events and donations from concert-goers like you.

You can support the orchestra’s dynamic programs by contributing to the Annual Fund, becoming a Chair Sponsor or leaving FSO a legacy through a planned gift such as a will bequest or charitable gift annuity.

Ways To Donate


Event Schedule

  • Date
  • Event
  • Description
    • Date
      July 4, 2021
      7:00 pm
    • Event
      An Independence Day Pops Celebration
      $0
    • Description
      Celebrate July 4th at Sandusky's newest showplace as the FSO partners with the Sandusky Recreation Department for a Patriotic Pops program made possible by the Albert G. and Olive H. Schlink Foundation. Stay after the concert for a prime view of the fireworks.
    • Date
      July 25, 2021
      7:00 pm
    • Event
      Christmas in July Holiday Pops
      $0
    • Description
      This festive affair in downtown Sandusky will bring the Holidays to life with joyous Carols and visits from Santa, special holiday shopping and more. The holiday music program is made possible with support from Marcia Goff, the Patrick Murray and Louise Murray Charitable Foundation and Buckeye Broadband.
    • Date
      August 7, 2021
      7:00 pm
    • Event
      Superstar: The Songs. The Stories. The Carpenters.
      $0
    • Description
      Starring international vocalist Helen Welch, this dynamic, uplifting and magical musical journey features over 20 classic hits by the famous sister/brother duo -- The Carpenters. This special stage show is sponsored by Patricia and Giovanni Bignoli & Bignoli Enterprises.
    • Date
      September 18, 2021
      6:30 pm
    • Event
      A Night of Americana with Hey Mavis
      $0
    • Description
      The Flip Season's grand finale presents a program of Americana music performed by the FSO and guest artist Hey Mavis on banjo, fiddle, bass, drums and heartfelt vocals. The free concert is made possible by the Erie County Community Foundation.
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