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Providing live, symphonic music of high artistic quality for the education and enjoyment of the people of Northeast Louisiana and the region.
Mission statement

The mission of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra is to provide live, symphonic music of high artistic quality for the education and enjoyment of the people of Northeast Louisiana and the region.

For forty-four years, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra has provided live, symphonic music of high artistic quality for the education and enjoyment of the people of Northeast Louisiana and the region. The Symphony’s goals have included collaboration with other local and regional arts groups, bringing artists of national reputation to the community, providing opportunities for recognition of talented, young, Louisiana artists and seeking to reach out into the community with concerts that appeal to all segments of the population.

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1971, and was organized as a community orchestra. The subscription season, presented from October through May, consists of three classical concerts, a holiday pops concert, and a family concert in February. The MSO also presents Sound Safari, an educational concert offered to third, fourth, and fifth graders. As a viable and highly visible part of the arts community, the MSO also contributes to the cultural development of northeast Louisiana by bringing notable conductors and artists of national and international renown to perform with the orchestra.

During this 44th season, the MSO continues to bring the best of symphonic music to our community with its subscription series. A Membership provides season subscribers with a package of 5 concerts and membership levels are available at many price points.

A Monroe Symphony Orchestra subscription gives you more than a series of concerts; it gives you an exciting music education. Our Classical Conversations, led by Dr. Deborah Chandler take place during the Classical Concerts and allow the audience to share in the conductor’s intent and personal rapport with the pieces to be performed. This allows you to be not just an observer, but also a participant. Another reward for subscribing is the MSO’s insightful newsletter, Symphony Notes, which keeps subscribers up-to-date on all upcoming Symphony events.

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Maestro Clay Couturiaux

Clay Couturiaux is entering his eleventh season as Music Director and Conductor of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra.

In service to the orchestra, Maestro Couturiaux works successfully to increase the annual budget, inspire the musicians to perform with outstanding artistic integrity, and offers the most interesting pops, standard, and contemporary programming to the patrons.