EMSO celebrates the diversity of its members, who come from all walks of life, backgrounds and professions. We welcome members with a range of musical ability and provide a supportive atmosphere for honing and broadening musical skills. Our members range in age from 22 to 70+ and include scientists, business owners, machinists, school custodians, lab technicians, retirees, teachers, and homemakers. We also welcome high school musicians who are looking to supplement, not supplant, the musical opportunities offered by their district.

“I was struggling with a piece that was quite fast. Michael showed us all how to make it easy by flicking our wrists versus moving our arms. In a matter of seconds what was impossible for me became possible. You provide the opportunity for an amateur to learn from a master. Where would I ever get an opportunity like that? EMSO that’s where.” – Janet Quinto, violin

Rather than charge a membership fee we ask orchestra members to make a donation to the orchestra each season. To find out more about becoming a member of EMSO visit our FAQ page or Contact Us with questions.

“Just the thought and just being there are my favorite moments – I really don’t have a specific moment; too many to list.” – Jim Cheeseman, french horn