The Palm Beach Symphony was founded in 1974 in recognition of the need for a professional orchestra in Palm Beach. The orchestra had a humble beginning, with only a few concerts a year, a part-time conductor and a volunteer staff. It was not until Mrs. Ethel S. Stone became Chair of the Symphony’s Board of Directors, a position that she held for twenty-three years, that the orchestra became a cultural force in the community. Mrs. Stone was a visionary leader with a love of music that she inherited from her family and a love of the Palm Beach Community with which she shared her musical interests. She died on August 6, 1996, leaving an undeniable legacy as one who played a key role in nurturing an interest in classical music in this community. During her tenure, a number of well-known musical figures served in leadership roles with the orchestra, including Karl Karapetian, John Iuele, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Stewart Kershaw, David Gray, Ulf Bjorlin and John Covelli.