MSO History

“…music appeals to the heart.”
–Dr. Robert Hargreaves

The Muncie Symphony Orchestra has a rich history in the community. Robert Hargreaves had been hired by the Ball State Teachers College to lead the college’s music program. He thought Muncie needed an autonomous orchestra. Hargreaves led the first professional orchestra with two concerts in the spring of 1948. By January 1950, more than 50 met and approved a constitution for the Muncie Civic and College Symphony Association. The Muncie Symphony Orchestra still legally operates under that name.

While not a part of Ball State University, the MSO flourishes due to their strong relationship with the University. Faculty and talented music students make-up a portion of the professional musicians in the orchestra. Others are recruited from the community and other areas outside of Delaware County, like Indianapolis and Dayton, Ohio. Today’s orchestra is made up of professionals who also have “day jobs” as farmers, teachers, EMTs, and executive directors. All are passionate about bring live, orchestral music to you!

Past Conductors:

Dr. Robert Hargreaves – 1950 to 1982

Leonard Atherton – 1982 to 2003

Bridget-Michaele Reischl – 2004 to 2005

Bohuslav Rattay – 2006 to 2013

Douglas Droste – 2013 to present