EMSO is a community orchestra that has been providing a broad range of orchestral experiences to the greater Twin Cities area since 1957.

Our mission is to provide educational, multicultural, and inspirational orchestral experiences to East Metro communities.  

The East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO) is a non-profit, community supported organization proudly comprised of a diverse selection of volunteer musicians representing a variety of backgrounds and professions from all over our community and lead by music director and conductor Dr. Elizabeth Prielozny Barnes.  Formerly the 3M Club Symphony Orchestra (1957-2009), EMSO provides orchestra members and audiences with a wide mixture of culturally-diverse, challenging, and entertaining music.  

EMSO delights in numerous collaborations with a broad range of other local performing arts groups.  These collaborations foster our initiative to provide educational and multicultural music experiences that deliver a positive impact on our community and our members.  EMSO also performs “Side-By-Side” concerts with School District 833’s orchestra students (where EMSO members literally sit side by side with students) and frequently brings the music to our audience members who can't come to us by performing at local senior living centers.

This year, EMSO is excited to present a fresh season offering musical flavors for a variety of audiences, featuring another installment of our pops concert, a musical collaboration with local Swedish musicians, and a holiday celebration with student of the St. Paul Ballet! Visit our website, www.emsorch.org, to view our full 2017-2018 season schedule.

We cannot do it without you!  As a young non-profit orchestra, funding is everything. Our budget covers all operational expenses ranging from: venue fees, music rentals, program printing, instrument repair, to the salaries of our concertmaster and music director.  Help the East Metro Symphony Orchestra on this musical journey of community collaboration and outreach.  Everyone is welcome to come along!  Please make a tax-deductible donation to EMSO this year and bring us closer to our ultimate goal of free admission for EVERY concert.

Thank you for your generosity!




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