ABOUT THE MSO
Our mission is to create emotion-packed, high-quality musical experiences and promote musical education in and for South Central Minnesota. We achieve this by providing many different kinds of music experiences in a variety of venues. The MSO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and receive support from donations, grants, and corporate sponsorship in addition to earned income from ticket sales in order to keep ticket prices affordable.
The MSO is a full sized symphony orchestra. Almost 2,000 people have played in our orchestra over the years, and this number does not include the many choral singers, ballet dancers, and other guest artists who have joined us on stage. Some of our players are full time professional musicians, some are music teachers, and others are doctors, farmers, librarians, etc. A common love of music draws them all together.
OUR GUEST CONDUCTORS
The MSO welcomes four guest conductors in the 2019|2020 season: Destination MSO. Dr. Ruth Lin, Ernesto Estigarribia, Silver Ainomae, and Eberhard Engel. Learn more about our guest conductors here.
Many of you know the Symphony from its mainstage Symphonic Series, or from the iconic Rockin’ int he Quarry or Rockin’ Fourth of July performances. We have expanded our programming in recent years to include a chamber music series, Music on the Hill, a free family concert series at the Children's Museum fo Southern Minnesota.
We also offer many free educational programs for elementary school students such as the Carnegie Hall Link Up Youth Concert.
Nearly 12,000 people attend the Symphony or its educational and outreach programs each year, and another 50,000 listen to our concerts on the radio.