The mission of the MPO is to enrich the culture of the community through music performance and education, fostering a greater appreciation and understanding of music.
The vision of the MPO is to be a premier orchestra, providing musical, cultural, and creative art experiences for the community.
Maestro Matthew Kraemer
We are thrilled to welcome Matthew Kraemer to the MPO as our new Artistic Director.
From his bio: "Recognized for his “musical sensitivity” and “energized sense of interpretation”, Matthew Kraemer is quickly making his mark among young American conductors for his inspired performances and versatility."
In addition to his new appointment with the MPO, Matthew will continue to serve as the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, a position he has held since his appointment in July 2015.
To learn more about the Maestro visit his website:
All season ticket holders enjoy these amenities:
50% off regular ticket price for “Wonderland in Paris” featuring the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra
Receive one (1) guest "flex" ticket to be used at any one main-season concert
Invitation to “Mingle with the MPO” with members of the MPO Board, the Conductor, and musicians
Preferred seating available upon request
Packages & Series
Family Fun Package: $95.00
Two (2) Adult Tickets and up to 4 tickets for family children of any age to all concerts.
Date Night Package: $100.00
Two (2) sets of season tickets including a discount at a local restaurant with presentation of ticket.
Classical Series Package: $110.00
Two (2) sets of season tickets including dinner discount and hotel discount with presentation of ticket.
Syncopate is a young professionals network committed to cultivating a new generation of friends of the MPO. Members of Syncopate will enjoy special events and discounts in addition to those listed above for all season ticket holders.
LaRita Boren Children’s Concert
WHEN: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10:00 AM
WHERE: Chapel Auditorium at Indiana Wesleyan University
N.B. This event is a free, non-ticketed event open to the general public.
WHEN: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3:00 PM
WHERE: Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School
Featuring 2018 MPO Concerto Competition Winner, Mr. Jonathan Kroll. Jonathan is a junior piano performance major at Indiana Wesleyan University, studying with Dr. Phoenix Park-Kim. To read more about Jonathan, click here.
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - Bernstein
Piano Concerto in G Minor, No. 2, Op. 16, 1st mvmt, Andantino - Prokofiev
featuring Mr. Jonathan Kroll, Piano
Adagio for Strings - Barber
Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 - Hanson
Annual Concerto Competition
WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9:00 AM
WHERE: Butz-Carruth Recital Hall at Taylor University
WHEN: Monday, January 21, 2019, 7:30 PM
WHERE: Rediger Auditorium at Taylor University
WHEN: Saturday, February 16, 2019, 6:00 PM
WHERE: Roseburg Event Center
Wonderland in Paris
WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7:30 PM
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, Marion
Evening of Serenades
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Marion Philharmonic Orchestra
P.O. Box 272
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29th Annual concerto competition
Click here for details about the 2018 competition.
Stay tuned for details about the 30th annual concerto competition which will take place in the fall of 2019.
2018 Winner - Jonathan Kroll
Jonathan began piano lessons at age 10 studying with Jennifer Allred in his hometown of Bristol Vermont. A few years later he studied with Diana Fanning at Middlebury college. When Jonathan and his family moved to Indiana during high school he continued piano studies with Sylvia and Beverly Scott, current members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a junior at Indiana Wesleyan University studying with Dr. Phoenix Park-Kim in piano performance. Jonathan has hopes to one day become a film composer in Hollywood and use the gift of music to make a difference in the world. He cites musicians such as Leonard Bernstein and Daniel Barenboim as some of his leading musical philosophers in life as he also believes that music has the power to change not just the individual but the world, to quote Barenboim in his book Everything is Connected: The Power of Music “The power of music lies in its ability to speak to all aspects of the human being...music in short teaches us that everything is connected.”
Jonathan’s favorite composer is Beethoven and he says “when you listen to Beethoven’s music you are confronted with life itself; happiness, despair, tenderness, conflict, peace, anger, acceptance and struggle.” He also states that “The genius of Beethoven lies in his ability to produce music that sounds both unpredictable but also inevitable at the same time, to paraphrase Bernstein ‘It’s as if Beethoven had a telephone from God telling him what to write next’”. Jonathan’s favorite musical piece to listen to is Mozart’s Requiem he says “It is one of the very few pieces in all of music that truly reaches the sublime. Bach and late Beethoven were also able to achieve this transcendent quality in terms of expressivity and profoundness. It is the music of Heaven.”
The Alexander Platt Music Scholarship
The Alexander Platt Music Scholarship provides funds for a Grant County high school senior who plans to major in music and attend any Indiana school of higher learning. The fund was set up to honor former Maestro Alexander Platt for his 21 years of service to the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra and to promote music education and appreciation in Grant County.
Mr. Corwin Daniels, the 2018 recipient, graduated from Mississinewa High School and is attending IPFW to study orchestral music.
Matthew Schmidt, Oak Hill High School.
The MPO Jerry Palmer Theatre Design and Technology Scholarship
The MPO Jerry Palmer Theatre Design and Technology Scholarship was designed to provide a scholarship for Grant County students, graduating seniors or those attending Ball State University, Indiana Wesleyan University, or Taylor University, who are going into the field of theatre design and technology.
To learn more about our scholarships, and to apply, visit gcscholarships.awardspring.com.
Applications for both scholarships are due on January 31, 2019.