EMSO is a community orchestra that has been providing a broad range of orchestral experiences to the greater Twin Cities area since 1957.
Our mission is to provide educational, multicultural, and inspirational orchestral experiences to East Metro communities.
Formerly the 3M Club Symphony Orchestra (1957-2009), we are now a non-profit, community supported organization (EMSO) proud to be made up of a diverse selection of volunteer musicians representing a variety of backgrounds and professions from all over our community. Lead by music director and conductor Dr. Elizabeth Prielozny Barnes, EMSO provides our orchestra members and audiences with a wide mixture of culturally-diverse, challenging, and entertaining music.
As we strive to make a positive impact on our community and members, EMSO delights in our numerous collaborations with other amazing performing arts groups from within and around the East Metro, delivering a great variety of musical experiences, including a piano concerto featuring the students of a local teacher; a collaboration with an acapella show chorus; an investigation of Indonesian music and dance influence on western music; as well as an afternoon of big band swing. EMSO also performs an annual “Side-By-Side” concert with School District 833’s orchestra students (where EMSO members literally sit side by side with students) and frequently brings the music to our audience members who can't come to us by performing at local senior living centers.
This year, EMSO is excited to present a fresh season offering musical flavors for a variety of audiences, featuring another installment of our pops concert, the music of Finland, and a visit from guest cellist, Gary Stucka, of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra! Visit our website, www.emsorch.org, to view our full 2016-2017 season schedule.
We cannot do it without you! Help the East Metro Symphony Orchestra on this musical journey of community collaboration and outreach. Everyone is welcome to come along! Please make a tax-deductible donation to EMSO this year and bring us closer to our ultimate goal of free admission for EVERY concert.
Thank you for your generosity!