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.  One does not need to play in the orchestra in order to become a member.

UPDATE: On September 2, 2021, East Metro Symphony Orchestra announced that it would be pausing the 2021-2022 concert season because of surging COVID-19 cases in Minnesota. The Notes of Gratitude: A Concert of Thanksgiving and Remembrance concert scheduled for October 24, 2021 has been canceled. Rehearsals are scheduled to resume the last week of October.

NEW: For the 2021-2022 concert season

All members of EMSO are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to participate this season.  Members must have received at least the first course of vaccines for Covid-19 two weeks prior to the time of their first rehearsal participation, with a commitment to complete the course of their vaccination. 

Musicians that have not received a vaccine and do not intend to do so are asked not to join the orchestra at this time.

All orchestra members must evaluate their personal risk (are you immunocompromised or do you share your home with someone who is vulnerable?) to determine their comfort level with participation in the Orchestra.

Members must not participate in Orchestra activities if:

  • they have symptoms of sickness;
  • they have had exposure to COVID-positive person(s), whether the member is symptomatic or not

         Returning to orchestra can occur when CDC recommendations for quarantine/negative testing have been met.

Masks will be required to be worn at rehearsal locations. This is for the safety of our members as well as compliance with the requirements of our rehearsal venues.

EMSO will continue to evaluate necessary safety measures and make changes when appropriate throughout the season as the situation with Covid-19 continues to evolve.

EMSO is currently seeking individuals for open positions in:

EMSO welcomes all inquiries from musicians interested in joining our orchestra. If you are interested in playing with our orchestra, please email  We welcome all inquiries about new membership, regardless of the instrument.

In preparation for the 2021-2022 concert season, EMSO is seeking new musicians for the following positions:

  • Violin
About EMSO Rehearsals & Performances

EMSO’s concert seasons run from September to May. Most 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.

For the 2021-2022 concert season, some rehearsals will be held at other locations, including Park High School, 8040 80th Street South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016 and The Grove United Methodist Church, 7465 Steepleview Road, Woodbury, MN. For Up-to-date rehearsal locations, members should visit the “Members Only” webpage.

Most concert 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. Symphonies for Seniors concerts are held on Tuesday evenings in place of a regular rehearsal.

For more information about joining EMSO, please visit our Membership Frequently Asked Questions page.