The Memphis Symphony Orchestra, under Music Director Robert Moody, strives to enrich the lives of our diverse community through exceptional music and dynamic programs. More than 400 musicians, staff and volunteers make up the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Chorus and the Memphis Symphony League, operating educational programs, organizing community engagement events and performing concerts. Find information about all upcoming performances, ticket purchases, special events, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s involvement in the Memphis community, and learn how to support MSO by visiting www.memphissymphony.org.
Transform our community through the power of music.
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra exists to enrich the lives of our diverse community through exceptional music and dynamic programs.
Growing Our Family
The MSO’s immediate family extends beyond the staff, the conductor, the 36 core musicians, and the dozens of per service or extra musicians. The Memphis Symphony Chorus began in 1965 as a group of thirty singers, directed by Maestro de Frank and rehearsed by Sarah Beth Causey. The Chorus sings with the orchestra at special concerts on pieces ranging from popular Christmas tunes to ancient requiems. Today’s Chorus is made up of 100 volunteer vocalists who perform under the direction of Music Director, Robert Moody with Dr. Lawrence Edwards as artistic director. In 1966 the symphony created the Memphis Youth Symphony Program (MYSP) which continues to serve over 250 musicians each year as an independent organization. From 1995 until 2007 Vincent Danner, who served the MSO as associate conductor, also served as conductor of the MYSP. In 2008 James Feddeck, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan, became the symphony’s first assistant conductor. Stilian Kirov, associate conductor of the Memphis Symphony between 2009 and 2012, was Music Director of MYSP. Mr. Kirov graduated from the Orchestral Conducting Program of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Maestro James DePreist. He also holds a master’s degree from Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where his teacher was Dominique Rouits. Thich has sponsored the MSO and its programs since 1958. The League’s achievements in fundraising, ticket sales, promotions, and community education programs earned it a reputation as one of the nation’s most successful symphony orchestra support groups. The education programs it has developed for use in public schools have won national awards for excellence.