The Wind Ensemble is the selective, auditioned, flagship ensemble of MSSU. Qualified music majors and non-majors are encouraged to audition at the beginning of each semester. The ensemble performs a variety of challenging wind ensemble and symphonic band standard repertoire as well as transcriptions of exemplary pieces originally composed for other types of ensembles. For more information contact Dr. Rick Espinosa, Director of Bands.
The Southern Symphony Orchestra is a community-university organization offering MSSU students the opportunity to perform orchestral masterpieces of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern periods. Since 2006, the orchestra has performed internationally-themed concerts each fall semester. Students have learned and performed music different countries such as Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Thailand, Italy, and Turkey. Students also have opportunities to perform with artists of the highest caliber: Chuanyun Li, Max Barros, Ana Alamo, Avan Yu, Tatiana Tessman, Angie Cheng, Langning Liu, Erik Peterson, and Roger Wright. in 2009 and 2011, members of the orchestra visited China. Recent performances include Brahms' German Requiem, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, and an all Gershwin program featuring the Concerto in F.
For more information, please contact the orchestra's director, via email Dr. Jeff Macomber or call 417-625-9635.
The Concert Band at Southern is the largest concert band offering on campus. This group meets in the Spring semester, following the conclusion of the marching season. The group is open to any interested student and does not require an audition. The band performs the finest in concert literature from the masters as well as contemporary. It also serves as a teaching ensemble so that our Music Education majors can get some experience on the podium before leaving Southern to teach on their own. This ensemble is a great way for any musician to continue their involvement after high school or for a music major to take on a secondary instrument. For more information on how you can become involved, contact Dr. Rick Espinosa.