Celebrating the return of live music

The Starkville-MSU Symphony Association

Season Lineup

About the SSO

Since 1969, the Starkville-MSU Symphony has provided the greater Starkville area and the Golden Triangle with a true community grown experience of classical music. With the goal of introducing this vibrant genre to an audience reflecting the entire Starkville community, every concert has remained free and open to the public throughout the Symphony's entire 52-year history.

As a testament to the community's commitment to exceptional music, Starkville stands as one of the only cities of its size in the nation to support a continuing symphony orchestra for over fifty years.

Each year the Symphony Concert Season showcase the talents of musicians from Mississippi State University, Starkville, and the surrounding communities, along with guest musicians from across the state.


Orchestra Founded

The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Association was established March 2, 1969, in the home of David and Barbara Cornell.


Chorus Founded

The Symphony Chorus was organized in October 1972, and the first concert was performed February 10, 1973.


Children's Program Founded

The first program for children was presented October 2, 1975.


53rd Season
October 2nd, 2021
Songs and Sonnets of Shakespeare
Community Chorus
Cotton District Arts Festival
Time TBD
Join us to enjoy "Songs and Sonnets of Shakespeare" set by jazz pianist and composer George Shearing at the Cotton District Arts Festival hosted in Starkville, MS! More details coming soon.

October 19th, 2021
Jazz at Renasant
Symphony Jazz Combo
This concert has been postponed due to ongoing health concerns presented by COVID-19 Delta Variant.
Renasant Plaza
500 E. Lampkin, Starkville, MS
Next, we have our popular jazz concert! Come to the outdoor Renasant Plaza near downtown Starkville, and enjoy an evening of appealing jazz standards performed by our combo led by MSU Associate Director of Bands, Dr. Clifton Taylor.
November 7th, 2021
Music for the Saints
Community Chorus
Music for the Saints including John Rutter's "Requiem" and African- American Spirituals.

November 19th, 2021
SSO Family Concert
Symphony Orchestra & MSU Concerto Competition Winner
Bettersworth Auditorium
Lee Hall, Mississippi State University
This concert has several fun pieces in store, balanced by the first movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams's atmospheric Concerto for Oboe and Strings. Enjoy this performance featuring our Concerto Competition winner, MUS Department of Music Student Madeline Lee, as soloist!

December 4th, 2021
Breakfast with Santa
Community Chorus
Come meet Santa and enjoy classic and modern holiday music with the SSO Community Chorus. More details coming soon.

January 22nd, 2022
Winds Concert
Symphony Orchestra
Bettersworth Auditorium
Lee Hall, Mississippi State University
There is no shortage of wonderful music for winds, as this concert will once again demonstrate. First we have Jean Francaix's charming Seven Dances for winds, and then music by a precocious youngster: Richard Strauss's Suite in B-Flat for Winds. Next comes a product of age and experience, Charles Gounod's delightful Petite symphonie. Finally, enjoy a winds version of one of Antonin Dvorak's exciting Slavonic Dances!

February 19th, 2022
Expressions of Sound
Symphony Orchestra & Community Chorus
First Baptist Church
Starkville, MS
What IS that tune you know but can't place?? It might be the famous one from the "Badinerie" of Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2. The rest of the composition is just as good, though. Come listen! Then hear two exquisite arrangements of beautiful English songs by Frank Bridge. We round things off in rousing fashion with a performance of Schubert's Mass in G given in partnership with the MSU and SSO choirs!

April 23rd, 2022
Epic Movie Themes
Symphony Orchestra
Bettersworth Auditorium
Lee Hall, Mississippi State University
We close out the season with our much-awaited Epic Film Music Concert! Enjoy celebrated music by John Williams for films such as Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, in addition to themes by other composers from The Godfather, Gone With the Wind, and Dances With Wolves. It's also been rumored that a certain famous tune from Westeros might make an appearance!

Star Wars Theme
by John Williams

Raiders of the Lost Ark
by John Williams

The Godfather
by Nino Rota

Gone with the Wind
by Max Steiner

Dances With Wolves
by John Barry
May 1st, 2022
Movie Musicals
Community Chorus
Get outside and enjoy Movie Musicals featuring "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Wiz" outdoors at the Greensboro Center. More details coming soon.

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Music Direction

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    Barry Kopetz

    Music Director and Conductor, SSO Symphony Orchestra

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    Peter Infanger

    Conductor, SSO Community Chorus

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    Ryan Ross

    SSO Symphony Manager

Programs for Children

Each year the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association presents its Programs for Children. Part of the program includes a contest to create individual art work about the images associated with the song, "Hush Little Baby". Since the theme of the 2019 Programs for Children is "Dance, Clap, Sing and Draw," this contest has been created to promote excitement about the program on November 8, 2019.

2021 Contest Details Coming Soon!

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Our Sponsors

The 2019-2020 Symphony Concert Season and Programs for Children are made possible through grants and support by these and other partners



The Starkville-MSU Symphony Association is a not-for-profit voluntary organization affiliated with Mississippi State University and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Executive Committee

Haley Montgomery

Rob Wolz
Vice President

Ania Debicka-Dyer

Mary Beck

Eric Hill
Past President

Board Members

Jennifer Blackbourn

Blair Booker

Jan Bryant

Rex Buffington

Jennifer Davis

Misty Francom

Charles Freeman

Amanda Gronewold

Elizabeth Hawkins

Robert Hawkins

Tonya Hays

Lynn Infanger

Anthony Kirkland

Pat Lane

Dolton McAlpin

Shahram Rahimi

Phillip Stockton

Betsy Swanson


Peter Infanger

Barry Kopetz

Cathy Lammons

Ryan Ross

Honorary Life Members

David Cornell

Trudy Gildea

Guy Hargrove

John Van Dyke Saunders


Donald Emerich

M.M. Hawkins

Carolyn Katz

Lyle Nelson

Julia Vissotto

Robert Wolverton, Sr.


We would love to hear from you! Thank you for supporting the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association.


Starkville-MSU Symphony Association
P.O. Box 1271
Starkville, MS 39759


Ryan Ross, Symphony Manager
(662) 325-3070