(941) 488-1010
Tickets: (941) 207-8822
Concert Venue:
One Indian Avenue
Venice, FL 34285
(get directions)

About Us

History of The Venice Symphony

Founded in 1974, The Venice Symphony has become the pride of South Sarasota County by providing cultural enrichment for residents and visitors. The concert season includes classical, pops, and festival concerts performed from November through April and a variety of music education programs. Quality musical performance and educational opportunities that enrich the experiences of the community is the core mission of The Venice Symphony.

The Venice Symphony is funded through ticket sales, private and corporate contributions, grants, Tourist Development Council, Sarasota County Arts Council, Friends of the Symphony, and other philanthropic organizations. Management of orchestra personnel, music programs, the music library, concert production, marketing, and development are handled by dedicated individuals such that the publisher of a local newspaper has praised Venice Symphony as being one of the most exemplary models for efficiency in the arts.

Conductor Kenneth Bowermeister charms audiences with entertaining and informative comments about the compositions and their composers. Under his leadership and with the support of generous patrons, The Venice Symphony provides music for the community that represents the highest quality of musicianship and professionalism.


Kenneth BowermeisterKenneth Bowermeister

Conductor/Music Director

Maestro Bowermeister joined the Venice Symphony as Conductor/Music Director in 2009.  

Maestro Bowermeister is a former conductor of Sarasota Pops, Florida West Coast Youth Symphony, the Florida West Coast Symphonic Strings and College Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as guest conductor with the Florida West Coast Sympony Orchestra, The Florida Chamber Orchestra and the Festival Orchestra or Oxford, England. In 2002, he directed the Florida All-State Seventh and Eighth Grade Orchestra and has served as conductor for many All-County Honors Orchstras throughout Florida as well as the Florida State University Summer Music Camp Orchestras.  2011/2012 is his third season with Venice Symphony.

Mr. Bowermeister retired as Director of Orchestras at Pine View School for the Gifted in Sarasota at the close of the 1999-2000 school year. During his 30 years at Pine View he developed an award-winning string program which included more than 300 students in five orchestras. The Pine View Chamber Symphony received 16 consecutive years of Superior ratings at the annual Florida Orchestra State Festival.

The recipient of many honors, Mr. Bowermeister was selected as the Teacher of the Year at Pine View School on three occasions, was twice voted Sarasota County Music Educator of the Year, and in 1998 was chosen as the Sarasota County Middle School Teacher of the Year.In 1999, he was presented with the Sarasota County Arts Council Award for Outstanding Educational Leadership in the Arts.

Mr. Bowermeister perfomed for many years as a violinist with the Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Assistant-Concertmaster for over 20 years. He is a pupil of the internationally renowned Hungarian violinist Kato Havas and is a well-known teacher of her exciting and revolutionary new approach to string playing. In addition to working with the students of his extensive private studio, Mr. Bowermeister has been the instructor for the Adult String Program of the Florida West Coast Symphony Music Education classes for the past six years.

A graduate of New College, the Honors College of the State of Florida, Mr. Bowermeister is a member the National Music Educators conference, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida Orchestra Association and the American String Teachers / National School Orchestra Association.

Doug KerrDoug Kerr

Executive Director

Mr. Kerr began his career with The Venice Symphony as their Development Director and was named its new Executive Director May 2012.

Doug Kerr is well known in the southwest region of Florida beginning with his leadership of the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation during a major expansion era in the 1980’s and 1990’s. In the years since he has been closely involved in helping develop various arts and human services projects in this region grow and thrive, including being among the arts leaders who founded the Sarasota County Arts Council, now known as the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County.

Kerr had a long and successful tenure as Director of Development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Doug was part of the leadership team which resulted in Venice completing its 2nd Phase project of the new Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club in Venice, established in 2000. Doug and his wife Gee Dee have lived in Sarasota County since 1982 and raised their two daughters here.

Contact: dkerr@thevenicesymphony.org


Lorraine Hogle

Music Personnel Manager

Lorraine comes to The Venice Symphony with an extensive management background. She recently retired from the University of California at San Francisco as Clinical Supervisor of a 28 suite surgical unit.

In addition to managing surgeons and staff for regularly scheduled cases, Lorraine coordinated emergency cases and was a longtime member of the UCSF Liver Transplant Team.

She is also an accomplished cellist and member of our symphony! She has played in many orchestras coast-to-coast including the Florida West Coast Symphony (now the Sarasota Orchestra) as well as the Berkeley Symphony in California (under Maestro Kent Nagano).

Contact: musicpersonnel@thevenicesymphony.org


 Venice Symphony Board of Directors 2014-2015

Jim Renz

President, Board of Directors

Bob Anderson

Vice-President, Board of Directors

Warren Hall

Board of Directors

Donna Perkins

Board of Directors

Gayle Williams

Board of Directors

“It has been my honor to serve as the Principal Flute with the Venice Symphony since 1999. I’ve seen so much growth and change, but one thing that has always been a joy is the enthusiasm of the Venice audience.”

Rona Herdman

Board of Directors

Betty Castigliano-Scott

Board of Directors

Linda Cipriano

Vice President, Board of Directors

“Bringing the vision of The Venice Symphony to life as a gift to the community is an exciting opportunity for the Board, Staff, and Musicians…all for the love of music.”

Pamela Johnson

Secretary, Board of Directors

Pam Johnson is the marketing and communications officer for the City of Venice.  “I think it is phenomenal to have a quality orchestra in such a small town as Venice. I am thrilled to think of the new performing arts center opening in 2014. This was the impossible dream of some of the first people I met in Venice and to see it actually happening two decades later is extremely fulfilling.”

George A Carpenter

Treasurer, Board of Directors

“My involvement with the symphony is my contribution to promote and support the future of our community cultural jewel…The Venice Symphony. We are very excited with our move to the new Performing Arts Center this season!”

Barbara Price

Board of Directors

“A Venice Symphony concert lifts the spirit.”

Paul McCullough

Board of Directors

Mack Wilcox

Board of Directors

Diana Salomon

Board of Directors

Elliott Corn

Board of Directors

Janice Zarro Wood

Board of Directors

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