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The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is excited to announce that the 2023 Pursuit of the Podium winner is Nicole Gantz!

From April 1 to June 19, three local celebrities raised money on behalf of the DSO. Gantz raised the most funds and, as a result, will take Maestro Intriligator’s place on the podium to conduct a selection at the orchestra’s Holiday Concerts, which will be held at Five Flags Theater, December 2 & 3, 2023.

Nicole, a community leader and volunteer for many local organizations, is an executive board member and marketing chair for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. A fan and advocate of the many programs the DSO provides to the Dubuque community and beyond, Nicole and her husband Eric have passed this love to the next generation, as all three of their children are developing their talent in music and the performing arts.

This year’s Pursuit of the Podium contestants also included Erin Dragotto, and Tom Yunt. Together the group raised $43,676.81 for the symphony – an all-time record!

“These three have demonstrated their love of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and its programs by raising critically important funds, which will have an immediate and positive impact on our mission,” said Kara Murphy, Director of Development, adding “they’re all winners in our eyes.”

Funds generated from Pursuit of the Podium will support the DSO’s overall mission, which is to engage the tri-state community and enrich its quality of life through live musical performances and educational programs. Now in its 65th season, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra serves approximately 20,000 tri-state area residents each year and are proud to present world-class musical experiences for the entire community to enjoy.