Mission & History

Who we are.

Mission & History

Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Inc. is to produce high quality concerts of orchestral, instrumental, vocal, and choral music, to educate and entertain audiences of all ages in the Madison area and beyond, and to advocate music as a universal language of expression and understanding.

About the MSO
The Madison Symphony Orchestra is a phenomenon in the industry, drawing ever-growing audiences for triple performances in an acoustically excellent hall. Under the artistic leadership of Music Director John DeMain (hailed as “a gifted orchestra builder” by The New York Times), the Symphony has grown to be one of America’s leading regional orchestras. Now in its 97th season, the Madison Symphony Orchestra enriches the cultural and educational environment of Madison and the surrounding area with exquisite performances of the great masterworks and top-tier guest artists from around the world. In addition, our Education and Community Engagement Programs bring the joy of music to more than 23,000 children and adults annually. These programs are consistently recognized by national agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts and the League of American Orchestras.