The mission of Mesabi Symphony Orchestra is to keep classical music alive and thriving on Minnesota’s Iron Range. The musicians of MSO are committed to artistic excellence, community, and lifelong learning.

MSO presents a total of six concerts per year, comprising of three concert series and two performances per series. Performances are in Virginia, Eveleth, Hibbing and Ely.

MSO Season Finale Concerts

Take a break from spring cleaning and come see Mesabi Symphony Orchestra perform its final concert series of the season featuring Beethoven's Symphony No 3, "Eroica." Also on the program are Borodin's Overture from Prince Igora and Respighi's Suite No. 1 from Ancient Airs and Dances.

The Eroica is sometimes regarded as the first romantic symphony. While Beethoven's first symphony sounded a lot like Mozart, his third sounded like... Beethoven. Prince Igor is built on Russian folk themes, and was composed by a full-time chemist who wrote music on weekends and holidays. Respighi was a 20th century composer, but the "Ancient" suites are built on material from 500 years earlier.

Performances are Saturday, April 29 at 7:00 PM in Goodman Auditorium in Virgina and Sunday, April 30 at 2:30 PM in Chisholm High School Auditorium.

Come enjoy the Best of the Best! We've had a wonderful time perfecting these pieces, and are eager to show them off to you.

Tickets are available at the door: $10 adult, $8 senior, $5 student. Free student tickets available from a music teacher or here.

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MSO Announces Position Openings

The Mesabi Symphony Orchestra enters its 40th season in 2017-2018 and is putting out a call for string players. Positions are available in all string sections and principal auditions; paid principal and assistant principal positions by audition. Auditions are now open and will run through early May.

  • The Mesabi Symphony Orchestra rehearses on Monday evenings in Eveleth from 7-9 PM
  • Rehearsals for the 2017-2018 season will begin on September 11
  • Concert dates to be announced soon
  • For principal/assistant principal auditions, please prepare 2 contrasting selections of your choosing. The selections can be from solo literature and/or orchestral excerpts. There will also be a short sightreading excerpt.
  • For any questions regarding auditions, please contact Benjamin Nilles via email. General questions about the orchestra and open positions can be emailed to

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Mesabi Chamber Ensemble

Are you a string player who hasn’t played for years; or are you an adult beginner? Perhaps you are busy with work and family obligations. Well, we have a fun and informal musical opportunity for you. The Mesabi Symphony Orchestra is sponsoring an adult training/re-training class. We will meet during the orchestra season on Monday’s right after work from 5:30-6:30pm in the Eveleth-Gilbert High School Band room, located on the Eveleth campus. All you need is yourself and your instrument. Music, instruction, and camaraderie will be provided. Your children are welcome; just let me know if they need supervision. For more information or to register, please contact Sheila Wilcox by phone at 290-9877 or by email at We hope to see you soon!!





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