Join the Orchestra

Become a Member

The East Metro Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra. Other than EMSO’s conductor and concertmaster, our musicians are avocational musicians playing together as a hobby outside their main occupations.  If you are interested in playing with our orchestra, please email  We welcome all inquiries about new membership, regardless of the instrument.

EMSO is currently seeking individuals for open positions in:

EMSO has postponed its 2020-2021 concert season.  Check back later for more information on open positions.

About EMSO Reharsals & Perfromances

EMSO’s concert seasons run from September to May. Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Orchestra Room at East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury, MN.

Most concerts seasons consist of four main concerts and a few Symphonies for Seniors performances at various senior living facilities. Typically, main concerts are held on Sunday afternoons with dress rehearsals on the Saturday morning prior to the concert. Symphony for Seniors concerts are held on Tuesday evenings place of a regular rehearsal.

Become a Volunteer & Supporter

Volunteering – EMSO thrives because of its members and supporters; you can participate in a variety of ways:

Publicity – All orchestra members are expected to help with publicity.  You will be asked to distribute and post concert flyers to local businesses and organizations you customarily deal with, send email invitations to friends, family, and colleagues, and promote the sale of concert tickets.  Contact us to learn how you can help.

Financial Support – EMSO operates on a very lean budget and can use any and all financial support.  We encourage you to help bring in monetary support from friends and family, businesses, and your places of employment (which may have a program to provide funds to organizations supported by employees).  EMSO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations (including yours) made to the orchestra are fully tax deductible.  Visit our Support page to learn more about making a donation to EMSO.

Donate Your Time and Expertise – EMSO needs the assistance of its members and friends to carry out all of its administrative tasks and duties, many of which may correlate to their interests and expertise.  These may be one-time tasks, service on committees, serving on the board, and identifying other individuals, organizations, and businesses that might be able to support the orchestra with their service.

Any further questions that aren’t addressed here?  Contact Us!