The idea of a regional symphony orchestra took shape in the fall of 1996 with a group of musicians, music lovers, and interested citizens. The Marquette Symphony Orchestra began playing in 1997, and has since performed increasingly difficult pieces with undeniable grace. Musicians from around the region dedicate their time and talent to achieving the highest quality, and as every musician knows, it all begins with practice.
While practice is essential, the work doesn’t end there. Along with setting up the stage and transporting equipment, each concert requires six rehearsals, with separate string rehearsals leading to Friday and Saturday full orchestra gatherings. Of the orchestra’s 72 players, about 60 are from Marquette County, including some public school students. The Marquette Symphony Orchestra provides their only opportunity to play classical music at this level of difficulty. Other key players travel from the Lower Peninsula and northeast Wisconsin.
The orchestra plays four concerts in a season – usually September, November, February, and May. The audience can expect bona fide classical music – not watered down or simplified arrangements, but rather the same music major symphony orchestras might play. Over the years, the music has proved to be of the highest caliber and the musicians continue to prove they can meet the challenge.
The Marquette Symphony Orchestra is funded through ticket sales, program advertising sales, and private donations. Audience size ranges from 500-700 per concert. To cover costs such as musician stipends and travel expenses, the orchestra requires at least six thousand dollars from advertising, twenty thousand dollars from ticket sales, and thirty thousand dollars from private donations of music lovers and public-spirited citizens.
For more information on how you can contribute to the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, please call or write. Watch for upcoming concerts and join us for a memorable experience.
Board of Trustees
Dr. Daniel Arnold
Dr. Robert Engelhart
Dr. Stephen Grugin
Nheena Weyer Ittner
James A. Strain, DMA
Provided By Lake
Marquette Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Dr. Jacob Chi
Performing Since 1997
The concert season was ambitious and everyone on the MSO board, MSO paid staff, members of MSO committees, MSO musicians, as well as many others in the community were instrumental in making the 2014-2015 a success. The season was held as follows:
September 20, 2014: The season began with Rossini’s Bassoon Concerto
performed by Kaylee Whitfield, in honor of Ed Quinnell. The orchestra also performed Mahler’s Symphony # 5. The MSO also presented the first annual Distinguished Service Award. The Award went to the late Edward Quinnell, a founding member of the MSO. Accepting the award was his son and new board member Timothy Quinnell.
November 22, 2014: “Lights Camera, Orchestra!” Movie Themed Pops Concert with guest conductor David Cole.
December 13, 2014: Sounds of the Holidays Pops Concert conducted by Stephen Grugin and Janis Peterson
February 21, 2015: The MSO welcomed Cellist Eun Kyung Noh, the winner of the MSO Youth Concerto Competition for Strings. The Symphony also performed Beethoven’s Symphony #7.
May 2, 2015: Cellist Allison Eldredge performed the Shostakovich Cello Concerto. The MSO also performed Prokofiev’s Symphony #5.
The partnership with the Besse Center in Escanaba has continued and four concerts were presented there in the 2014-2015 season.
Board member Boli Soderberg is reaching her the end of her first term, and is not seeking re-election. Boli has been a great asset to the communications committee, and she and her husband continue to be great supporters of the MSO.
Board member and accountant Teri Chesla has resigned after eight years. Teri has been instrumental in helping the MSO become and remain fiscally healthy.
Four Pre-Concert dinners were held again at the Landmark Inn. This has been an enjoyable event for those who like to hear some insight from the conductor into the concert.
Dr. Chi continues to push the orchestra and encourages them to reach for higher standards.
The MSO is on track to finish the fiscal year in good financial health. MSO Board Members have done an outstanding job of keeping expenses within budget. We are thankful for the ticket sales and generous donations from individuals, service clubs, and businesses.
In December, the MSO learned that it once again received a $17,000 MCACA grant to help with operational expenses. We are grateful that the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts have been allotted money to help fund the arts throughout Michigan.
It has been an honor to be President of the MSO Board of Directors! The MSO Board members are extremely dedicated, and hard working. Individually each member possesses valuable skills and knowledge. Collectively, this is an effective Board of Directors. This collective effort contributes to the success of the MSO. I want to thank the board for the support and guidance you've given me as president. I will continue to learn from board members and support them and the MSO any way I can.
Marquette Symphony Orchestra
MSO Board Presidents
May, 1997 Edward Quinnell
July, 1998 Greg Sulik
July, 1999 Richard Klahn
July, 2001 Brendon Bailey
July, 2003 Karl Numinen
July, 2005 Edward Quinnell
July, 2006 Dr. Daniel Arnold
July, 2009 Thomas Cappuccio
January, 2011 Kathy Maynard
July, 2013 John French
President's Report, June 2015
The Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (MSO) is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex. The MSO does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status.
The Mission of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra is to create, provide and promote professional performances of orchestral music through collaboration with residents and music educators of the region.