MSO History

“…music appeals to the heart.”
–Dr. Robert Hargreaves

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.

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!

Past Conductors

  • Dr. Robert Hargreaves – 1950 to 1982
  • Leonard Atherton – 1982 to 2003
  • Bridget-Michaele Reischl – 2004 to 2005
  • Bohuslav Rattay – 2006 to 2013
  • Douglas Droste – 2013 to 2020

MSO Mission Statement

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

MSO 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.

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