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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

The Southwest Minnesota Orchestra (SMO)***Dr. Daniel Rieppel, Music Director

Presents the

2017 - 2018 Concert Season

To be announced very soon!


2016 - 2017 Concert Season 
Monday, October 24 – Sunday, October 30, 2016

Dr. Daniel Rieppel, Artistic Director and Mr. Ryan Hugh Ross, Special Guest and Curator
“Voices of Exile: The Jewish Experience”
A Festival Celebrating the Musical Works of Julius Burger
(individual events listed below)

Monday, October 24, 2016 and Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Regional Masterclasses in southwestern Minnesota, including Willmar, Luverne, and Redwood Falls

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
SMSU Music Program Students
Vocal Masterclass
12 p.m., SMSU Charter Hall 201
Admission: Free and open to the public

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Ryan Hugh Ross, assisted by Dr. Daniel Rieppel
Faculty New Work: Lecture on the Music and Life of Julius Burger
12-1:15 p.m., SMSU Charter Hall 201
Admission: Free and open to the public

Friday, October 28, 2016
Ryan Hugh Ross, baritone; Dr. Daniel Rieppel, piano; Ross Anderson, clarinet; and the Meadowlark String Quartet
Chamber Music Concert: Music of Burger, Paul Schoenfield, Korngold, and Mahler
8-10 p.m., SMSU Campus Religious Center
Admission: $5 Adults / Students and Children are free

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Panel Discussion and Reception with special guests New York City attorney, Ronald Pohl, who saved Burger's music from oblivion.
Additional guests include Dr. Gary Cohen and Dr. Howard Louthan of The Center for Austrian Studies, U of M;
and Dr. Anthony Amato, history and geography professor at SMSU. 

(A video about Ronald Pohl and Julius Burger is available to view here:
Panel Discussion 4-5:30 p.m., Reception 5:30-6:30 p.m.
SMSU William Whipple Gallery
Admission: Free and open to the public

Sunday, October 30, 2016
SMO with Ross Anderson and the Meadowlark String Quartet
w/ special guest artist Ryan Hugh Ross, baritone and SMSU Alumnus. 
“Voices of Exile:  The Jewish Experience”
4 p.m., Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts
Admission: $15 Adults / $5 Students and Children / $35 Family

Saturday, December 3, 2016 
SMO w/ the SMSU Community Concert Band, SMSU Jazz Ensemble, SMSU Chorale, Bella Voce, and Men's Glee Club 
A Very Prairie Christmas 
7:30 p.m., Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts 
Admission: TBA

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 
Holiday Cheer! 
7:00 p.m., Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Admission: TBA

Tuesday, February 21, 2016
Mostly Mozart
7:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church
Admission: $10 Adults / Free to Students and Children

Wednesday, March 22, and Saturday, March 25, 2017 
SMO featuring the Saint-Saens Symphony #3 w/ guest artist and cathedral organist Lawrence Lawyer 
Building Minnesota: The Centennial Celebration of Emmanuel Masaqueray 
7:30 p.m., Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (Wednesday) 2:00 p.m., Cathedral and Shrine of St. Paul (Saturday)
Admission: TBA

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Annual Children's Concert
Featuring the music of Christopher Kaufman
10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts
Admission: TBA

2015 - 2016 Concert Season

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

Saturday, March 19, 2016
SMO Concerto Competition

Fine Arts 132

April 12, 2016
Annual Children’s Concert
10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts

May 1, 2016
Viva Espana!

Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts, Marshall H.S., 4-6 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 Communications and Marketing 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.

Last Modified: 8/15/17 10:58 AM