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MSO History

The Muncie Symphony Orchestra has a rich history in the community. Dr. Robert Hargreaves was hired by the Ball State Teachers College to lead the college’s music program. He thought Muncie needed an autonomous orchestra. Hargreaves led the first professional orchestra with two concerts in the spring of 1948. By January 1950, more than 50 musicians met and approved a constitution for the Muncie Civic and College Symphony Association. The Muncie Symphony Orchestra still legally operates under that name.

Conductor Robert Hargreaves and the
Muncie Symphony Orchestra (1964)

Photo: Ball State University Libraries
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While not a part of Ball State University, the MSO flourishes thanks to a strong relationship with the University. BSU music faculty and talented music students make up a large portion of the professional musicians in the orchestra. Some are recruited from the community and others commute from Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Cincinnati. Many of the musicians in the MSO also have “day jobs” as farmers, teachers, EMTs, and executive directors. All are passionate about bringing live orchestral music to you!

Mission & Vision

Mision Statement:

To entertain, educate, and enrich quality of life in the East Central Indiana community through meaningful, professional musical experiences.

Vision Statement:

To be the leading fine arts organization presenting symphonic and other musical events within East Central Indiana and engage in mutually beneficial partnerships leading to a more vibrant community.

Board of Directors

Steve Slavin, President

Stephanie Wilson, President-Elect

Emily Rivers, Treasurer

Dan Wolfert, Secretary

Scott Jordan, Past President

Karen Allen

Tiffany Arnold

Shannon Bryan

John Clark

Judy Cowling

Dr. John Emert

Cheryl Guise

Chris Harrison

Dr. Julie Holland

Jessica Martin

Brandon Murphy

Kevin Woodgett


Office Staff

Scott Watkins, Executive Director

Jenni Boseker, Executive Assistant

James Thompson, Education Coordinator

Annie King, Operations Manager

Kelly Heavilon, Bookkeeper

Ethan Atterson, Student Intern


Production Team

Matthew Kraemer, Artistic Advisor & Conductor

Chris Head, Technical / Lighting

Larry Powell, Personnel Manager

David Blakley, Librarian

Cheryl Guise, Stage Manager

General Information

Visit the Muncie Symphony website HERE

Contact by phone: 765-216-0970

Send an inquiry: info@MuncieSymphony.org

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