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Southwest Minnesota Orchestra


The Southwest Minnesota Orchestra (SMO) has been in existence for more than 35 years. Our mission has always been to provide the people of southwest Minnesota an opportunity to hear and enjoy a wide variety of live symphonic music. Dr. Daniel Rieppel is the musical director of the SMO. The SMO is a regional ensemble made up of area community members, area high school students, and SMSU students and faculty. As the only orchestra of this type in 100 miles, the SMO is a unique asset to the region.

SMO performs three to four concerts each season: Fall, Christmas, Winter and Spring, with a Youth concert every other year. For information on Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, contact the Fine Arts Office at Southwest Minnesota State University, (507) 537-7103.

The SMO rehearses in room 135 of the Fine Arts building on the SMSU campus on Tuesday nights from 7:00-9:30 p.m. If you are interested in being a part of the orchestra, contact Dr. Rieppel at

The Friends of the Orchestra (FOTO) is a volunteer, non-profit group and the fiscal agent for the SMO. FOTO works with Dr. Rieppel to raise funds, plan events, and execute the 1001 details that are a part of each concert. Executive Officers are Ross Anderson (Chairperson), Jeanette Bosveld (Manager/Secretary) and Beth Steuck (Treasurer). The orchestra board includes the executive officers, Dr. Rieppel, and orchestra and community members. If you are interested in being a part of Friends of the Orchestra, contact Dr. Rieppel at


2015 - 2016 Event Schedule

Sunday, October 25, 2015
SMO with the SMSU Choirs, The Meadowlark Quartet and Special Guest The Ataria String Quartet
A Very English Affair
4 p.m., Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts
Admission:  $12 Adults / $5 Students & Children

Saturday, December 5, 2015
SMO with the SMSU Community Concert Band, SMSU Jazz Ensemble, SMSU Chorale
A Very Prairie Christmas
7:30 p.m., Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts
Admission - $5 (Children 5 and under are free)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Holiday Cheer!
7 p.m., Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Free and Open to the Public

February TBA
SMO Concerto Competition

Fine Arts 132

March TBA
Annual Children’s Concert
10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts

Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts, Marshall H.S., 7 p.m.
Admission $12; Students & Children $5


Friends of the Orchestra and the SMO do not discriminate in providing reasonable accommodations in regard to special requests for blind and low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, and/or mobility needs of audience members.

ADA Act/Section 504: Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate should call the SMSU Fine Arts office at 507-537-7103, the University Relations office at 1-800-642-0684, or through the Minnesota Relay service at 1-800-627-3529.
Please call at least 7 days in advance of the performance.


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