Melodic Memories, Future Fantasies
The 55th Season Beckons

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 55-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.


55th Season
August 26th, 2023
Symphonic Poem
Symphony Orchestra
Bettersworth Auditorium
Lee Hall, Mississippi State University
We welcome new Music Director, Dr. Daniel Stevens, to the podium to kick off the 55th season of the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra, with pieces that evoke the imagination of storytelling through music. Featured works include the Mendelssohn — Overture "The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave)", Op. 26 and the Mahler — Symphony No. 1 "Titan."

September 29th, 2023
Jazz at Renasant
Symphony Jazz Combo
Renasant Plaza
500 E. Lampkin, Starkville, MS
Join us downtown on an MSU game weekend for a free jazz concert sponsored by Renasant Bank. The symphony jazz combo will perform a family-friendly program of jazz standards and selections from the American songbook arranged in a variety of styles.
November 12th, 2023
50th Anniversary Chorus Concert
Community Chorus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
607 Hospital Rd, Starkville, MS 39759
Join us as we celebrate 50 years of singing with the Symphony's Community Chorus. We will share music from the past, present, and future. Cake will be served.
December 2nd, 2023
"Spark of Joy" Family Holiday Concert
Symphony Orchestra & Community Chorus
Bettersworth Auditorium
Lee Hall, Mississippi State University
We ring in the holiday season with festive holiday favorites the entire family will enjoy. The Starkville Symphony Chorus joins Dr. Daniel Stevens and orchestra to perform carols of the season. This stress-free, family-atmosphere encourages all ages to attend.

January 20th, 2024
Serenade For Strings
Symphony Orchestra: Strings Section
Bettersworth Auditorium
Lee Hall, Mississippi State University
The strings sections of the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra are featured with several standard classical masterworks, including the Britten — Simple Symphony, Elgar — Serenade for Strings, and the Tchaikovsky — Serenade for Strings. You will be sure to want to hear a unique piece by Polish composer, Wojciech Kilar, titled Orawa.

March 23rd, 2024
Sea Symphony
Symphony Orchestra, MSU Cantare' Community Chorus, Starkville High Chamber Choir
Bettersworth Auditorium
Lee Hall, Mississippi State University
The annual choral masterworks program features the famous Brahms — Academic Festival Overture and the 2024 MSU Student Solo Competition Winner, before a sweeping performance of the Vaughan Williams — Symphony No. 1 "A Sea Symphony," a majestic, sweeping composition that carries the listener on a journey set to Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

April 13th, 2024
Wingo Pops Presents, "Cinema Paradiso"
Symphony Orchestra
Bettersworth Auditorium
Lee Hall, Mississippi State University
Travel back to movie classics of the silver screen, with 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s soundtrack hits such as Mancini — Moon River, Bernstein — The Magnificent Seven, Morricone — Cinema Paradiso, and the Rota — A Time for Us (from the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet).

May 5th, 2024
On Broadway!
Community Chorus
Downtown Starkville, MS
Join the chorus as we celebrate Broadway with an outdoor concert in downtown Starkville with something for the entire family.

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Our Sponsors

The 2023-2024 Symphony Concert Season and Programs for Children are made possible through grants and support by these and other partners


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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.

2023 Contest Details Coming Soon!


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    Daniel Stevens

    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

Board of Directors

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

Rob Wolz

Rex Buffington
Vice President

Betsy Swanson

Ania Debicka-Dyer

Haley Montgomery
Past President

Board Members

Mary Beck

Jennifer Blackbourn

Blair Booker

Jan Bryant

Jennifer Davis

Misty Francom

Amanda Gronewold

Lee Harris

Elizabeth Hawkins

Bob Hawkins

Tonya Hays

Eric Hill

Lynn Infanger

Anthony Kirkland

Pat Lane

Dolton McAlpin

Shahram Rahimi

Arete Sprio

Phillip Stockton

Joey Wilkinson


Peter Infanger

Cathy Lammons

Ryan Ross

Daniel Stevens

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