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The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, in residence at Southeast Missouri State University, provides the Southeast Missouri region with five to six orchestral concerts per year. The symphony performs the standard symphonic orchestra repertoire from the Baroque era to the music of today, and has presented a number of world premieres. Additional free concerts, tours, and educational events are presented by the symphony orchestra each season. Its artistic director is Dr. Sara Edgerton of the Department of Music at Southeast.

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra has collaborated with nationally and internationally-acclaimed guest artists, such as Mark O’Connor, Grammy Award Winning Violinist; Allen Vizzutti, Trumpet Virtuoso; Valentina Igoshina and Jack Gibbons, concert pianists; David Halen, Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; and flutists Viviana Guzman and Mark Sparks. The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra has also commissioned and presented a number of world premieres, by such composers as Gordon (Dick) Goodwin (Timeless Banks and Shoals, commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of the River Campus, 2017), Robert Fruehwald (Dangerously Slick (2016) and River (2009), and Jim Stephenson (Two Brothers, 2013).

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The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra has toured nationally and internationally, including a recent concert tour of the East Coast.  The orchestra has also given concerts in China under the auspices of the American Celebration of Music, performing in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou, as well as on the Great Wall of China.  In July, 2017, selected members of the Southeast Missouri Symphony will be participate in the Festival Suoni d’Abruzzo, Italy, performing in chamber, orchestral, and opera orchestra performances.

The Southeast Missouri Symphony sponsors two competitive young artist competitions each year: a pre-collegiate Rising Star Concerto Competition and the collegiate Concerto and Aria Competition.  Winners of these competitions perform as soloists with the orchestra during one of the symphony’s subscription series concerts at the River Campus.

Admission to the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra is by audition only: please contact Dr. Sara Edgerton at the Department of Music ( for more information.

View the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Calendar of Events

Southeast Missouri Symphony Society Scholarships for Talented String Players

These merit-based scholarships are available to qualified violin, viola, cello, and string bass students who participate in Southeast's orchestra, the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra. Auditions for the Southeast Missouri Symphony Scholarships will take place on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on the first Saturdays in the months of February and March. Audition and Scholarship Information can be found by clicking the link.

Rising Star Concerto Competition


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