EMSO Welcomes New Board Members

EMSO is happy to announce its new Board of Directors. Three members were elected to board positions in June.  We welcome them to their new positions. President – Stephen Thompson (left)——-Vice President – James Slegers (center)————Secretary – Caitlin Race (right) Stephen, James, and Caitlin join Laura Miller (Treasurer), Steve Crooks (Past President), Sean Maysack (Financial […]

Buy a Hy-Vee Reusable Bag in August to Support EMSO

Reduce single-use plastic in the environment and give back to those in need in the local community, all while running routine weekly errands at the local Hy-Vee. East Metro Symphony Orchestra has been selected by the Oakdale Hy-Vee store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the My Heart Reusable Bag Program for the month of August! Buy a […]

Planning for the 2021-2022 EMSO Concert Season is Underway!

EMSO’s Board and Programming Committee are hard at work planning and preparing for the 2021-2022 concert season! EMSO is currently working on determining repertoire, securing rehearsal space, and preparing any necessary COVID-19 precautions for our orchestra and audience members.  Mark your calendars for our four major concerts of the season and get ready to start the […]

The 2021-2022 EMSO Concert Season is Coming!

After a long and strange year like 2020 and the loss of an entire concert season, its hard to believe that a new and viable season is anywhere on the horizon.  But EMSO’s Board is starting work on the 2021-2022 Concert Season!  With hopes for the success of the continued efforts to distribute vaccines to […]

Your Continued Support Matters

Thank you to every member and friend of EMSO who has continued to offer financial support to the orchestra during this unprecedented time.   EMSO is so grateful to all of our supporters who donated $1,563 during Give to the Max Day 2020 in November. Our members also contributed enough volunteer hours in 2020 to have EMSO receive a donation of $4,500 from 3M’s Volunteer […]

Making a Difference

EMSO Treasurer Laura Miller shares why it is so important to support EMSO and other non-profit arts organizations in 2020 Why is financial support so important to EMSO even when we are not rehearsing and presenting concerts? Back in late March, when the EMSO board decided to take a “wait and see” approach to addressing the new […]

What’s Happening: 2020-2021 Concert Season

On May 26, the East Metro Symphony Orchestra Board decided to postpone all rehearsals and concerts in the 2020-2021 concert season through at least December 31, 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  This was a disappointing but necessary decision that has made it challenging for the orchestra to continue its mission through most of 2020.  However, recently the […]

The New Normal

EMSO checks in with Music Director and Conductor Craig Hara to talk about the 2020-2021 concert season and time in quarantine What have you been up to during the COVID-19 pandemic? Hmm, mainly laying low. [My wife] Marni and I have been very conservative about limiting our exposure, both to others and from others. We have […]

A Conversation about Next Season

EMSO President Steve Crooks talks about the 2020-2021 Concert Season, COVID-19, and how to support the orchestra in these unprecedented times How did the EMSO board come to the decision to cancel the first half of the 2020-2021 season?EMSO’s board has considered the various official statements and recommendations regarding COVID-19 health risks, including for those “at-risk” […]