The MSO believes in the transforming experience of live music. We are always searching for new paths to innovative music education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Our Education Mission:

To cultivate an enthusiasm for music in children and adults by increasing access to music presented by MSO and to engage students' learning experience in music through our string program.

Program Listing

School Initiatives


Our Informance Programs are developed to illustrate particular musical concepts from the mechanics of the instruments to the elements of a piece of music, the science of sound production and the joys of being a musician.

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JPS All-City Orchestra Festival

At 6:00 pm on March 16, 2016, all JPS elementary through high school string students will perform after two days of intensive and fun rehearsal with nationally recognized leaders. Teacher recommendation is required for students to participate.

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JPS Kinder Concerts

Our Kinder Concert program provides access to the world's finest music through creative programming. This forty-minute program is designed for K through second grade students.  

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JPS Young Peoples Concerts

This energetic forty-five minute program is designed to entertain and introduce the full symphony orchestra and is offered to third grade students this year. 

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MDE Residency Program

Through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), MSO brings general music opportunities to underserved schools with this creative residency program.

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MSO String Program

Our goal is to develop interest in playing string instruments on the part of young people at all JPS elementary, middle and high schools. Programs exist in a number of schools throughout the district, with over 800 string students in 2015.

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Recruitment Demo

At the beginning of each season, a trio of professional musicians visits JPS elementary schools to perform and recruit students for string instruction.

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Festivals, Workshops and Competitions

Premier Orchestral Institute


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Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra

Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra

MYSO consists of young talented musicians in two ensembles. Housed on the campus of Millsaps College, Artistic Director is Raul Gomez.

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Concert Calendar

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Upcoming Performances

Movie Music of John Williams

Sat, Apr 01, 2017, 7:30 PM

Selby & Richard McRae Foundation: Bravo Series - Bravo! Beethoven!

Sat, Apr 08, 2017, 7:30 PM

MSO Chamber IV: Chamber Classics

Sun, Apr 23, 2017, 3:00 PM

MSO Pops III: Pepsi Pops at the Rez’

Fri, May 12, 2017, 7:30 PM