About Us

The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to educate, enlighten, and share classical music with Starkville, as well as surrounding communities.

The Starkville-MSU Symphony Association was established March 2, 1969 in the home of David and Barbara Cornell. The premier concert was performed November 24, 1969. The Symphony Chorus was organized in October 1972 and the first concert was performed February 10, 1973. The first Programs for Children was presented October 2, 1975.

Starkville has the distinction of being one of the smallest communities in the United States to support a symphony orchestra for over 45 years.  We are here due to the support of Starkville, Oktibbeha County, and Golden Triangle Region.

Mississippi State University
J.W. Criss Foundation
Mississippi Arts Commission
The National Endowment for the Arts
Renasant Bank
City of Starkville
Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Gildea Foundation

We welcome any interested musician to participate in our programs.

Our concert season runs from August to May each year and all performances are free and open to the public.