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Lorie, Kurt, and Terry Niska have spent 27 years touring as members of Five By Design. Since their 1994 debut with the Milwaukee Symphony, the vocalists’ big band productions have appeared with hundreds of symphony orchestra, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Boston Pops.

Today, The Niskas have evolved into a threesome specializing in pop folk covers and originals blended with their signature vocals. To assist orchestras in promoting their symphony pops performances, The Niskas have filmed more than 20 music videos.  Website:










The Niska’s cover of “That's Christmas To Me” is a YouTube music video located on the right column of the page. Press the triangular arrow to watch the video. The Niskas completed filming a music video of “Silent Night” at the Lakewood Chapel featuring guest artist Manny Laureano, principal trumpet with the Minnesota Orchestra. 

Or if you are looking for entertainment for your New Years Eve gala concert, The Niska's ask the musical question... “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? Check out the video and discover the answer!










The Niskas have taken the music of Simon & Garfunkel, Phillip Phillips, Passenger, Leonard Cohen, and James Bay, and arranged the “folk pop covers” with their signature vocal harmonies.  
For more information regarding the 2018-19 season, contact Alton Accola or Midge Swedberg

MUSIC VIDEOS... Marketing Tools

In order to provide orchestras with the best promotional materials, The Niska's have spent the past couple of years filming music videos in order to market their appearances. The videos were filmed with studio-quality audio in a variety of venues including a county fair, a Minneapolis chapel with ten million mosaic tiles, a turn of the century court house, and on top of a waterfall.  The music videos may be embedded on the orchestra’s website, in television commercials, or on television screens in your lobby to promote The Niska's appearances


“That's Christmas To Me”

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”

“Hold Back The River”


Alton Accola, artist liaison


WILLIS DELONY (orchestrator)

After 24 seasons of touring with symphony orchestras, The Niskas are fully aware of the quality of orchestrations. Lorie, Kurt, and Terry continue to work with Willis Delony as their chief orchestrator. Delony is the head of jazz studies at LSU—Baton Rouge and also serves as the artist’s pianist for pops performances. 


As the core members of Five By Design, Lorie, Kurt, and Terry Niska have toured with hundreds of symphony orchestras since 1994 including the following...

Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Anderson Symphony

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Asheville Symphony

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Augusta Symphony Orchestra

Austin Symphony Orchestra

Baltimore Symphony

Baton Rouge Symphony

Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra

Beloit Janesville Symphony

Binghamton Philharmonic

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

Boston Pops

Buffalo Philharmonic

Calgary Philharmonic Society

Charlotte Symphony

Chattanooga Symphony

Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Colorado Symphony

Columbus Symphony

Danville Symphony Orchestra

Dayton Philharmonic

Dearborn Symphony

Des Moines Symphony

Detroit Symphony

Dubuque Symphony

Duluth Superior Symphony

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Erie Philharmonic

Florida Orchestra

Florida Sunshine Pops

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Fort Worth Symphony

Fox Valley Symphony

Fresno Philharmonic

Grand Rapids Symphony

Great Falls Symphony

Spartanburg Philharmonic

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Houston Symphony

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

Kamloops Symphony

Kansas City Symphony

Las Cruces Symphony

Long Beach Symphony

Long Island Philharmonic

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Louisville Orchestra

Mankato Symphony

Mansfield Symphony

Maryland Symphony

Midland-Odessa Symphony

Millikin - Decatur Symphony

Milwaukee Symphony

Minnesota Orchestra

Mississippi Symphony

Missouri Symphony Society

Monroe Symphony

Naples Philharmonic Orchestra

Nashville Symphony

National Arts Centre Orchestra

National Symphony

NE Pennsylvania Philharmonic

Northwest Indiana Symphony

Ocean City Pops

Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Omaha Symphony

Orchestra Iowa

Oregon Symphony

Orlando Philharmonic

Pacific Symphony

Phoenix Symphony

Pittsburgh Symphony

Portland Symphony

Racine Symphony

Reading Symphony

Regina Symphony

Rochester Philharmonic

San Angelo Symphony

San Antonio Symphony

San Diego Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony

Sheboygan Symphony

Shreveport Symphony

South Bend Symphony South

Carolina Philharmonic

Spokane Symphony

St. Louis Symphony

Terre Haute Symphony

The Symphony At Western

Kentucky University

Toledo Symphony

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Tulsa Symphony

Utah Symphony

Vancouver Symphony

Waterbury Symphony

Westmoreland Symphony

Wheeling Symphony

Wichita Symphony

Windsor Symphony

Winnipeg Symphony

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Youngstown Symphony Society

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