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MSO -Chamber I Haydn`s 73rd
7:30 PM, Friday, November 16, 2012
Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church

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Tchaikovsky-Violin Concerto-Third 
Movement -performed on bayan.
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A girl went out on a date with a trumpet player, and when she came back her roommate asked, "Well, how was it? Did his embouchure make him a great kisser?"

"Nah," the first girl replied. "That dry, tight, tiny little pucker; it was no fun at all."

The next night she went out with a tuba player, and when she came back her roommate asked, "Well, how was his kissing?"

"Ugh!" the first girl exclaimed. "Those huge, rubbery, blubbery, slobbering slabs of meat; oh, it was just gross!"

The next night she went out with a French horn player, and when she came back her roommate asked, "Well, how was his kissing?"

"Well," the first girl replied, "his kissing was just so-so; but I loved the way he held me!"

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Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra
MYSO consists of young, talented musicians learning and sharing the challenge of performing a repertoire of orchestral selections for the people of Mississippi and beyond.


The mission of the Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) is to provide the youth of Mississippi with orchestral experience under the guidance of professional musicians in a stimulating atmosphere of mutual learning and respectful cooperation and to reach out to the people of Mississippi with orchestral performances.


The MYSO is an educational program of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MSO). It has operated as an organization supporting young musicians for more than 59 years. Theodore Caskey Russell was the youth orchestra’s founder and first conductor. Since then, the youth orchestra has been under the direction of many dedicated, professional and talented MSO musicians. The youth orchestra has continued to thrive through the unyielding efforts of the conductors, parents, the parents’ governing board, volunteers and young musicians.


The MYSO is composed of three groups at different levels of skill and draws students from public, private, and home schools from around the state. Participating students are as young as seven and no older than 22. We are approximately 80 members strong and growing.

Strings I + II - This program teaches ensemble playing and encourages musical achievement while motivating the student.

Advanced Orchestra - This program focuses on the more advanced repertoire aimed at pre-college and college levels for the serious student of music.


All three MYSO groups meet regularly on Sunday afternoons to prepare for public appearances, recruiting tours, and concert performances. Two main concerts are provided for the people of Mississippi in the Fall and Spring of each concert year. Concert admission is FREE. However, donations are accepted and appreciated.


MYSO strives to take end-of-the-year trips. In 1994, the Senior and Junior Orchestras attended a competition in Dallas, TX and in 1996, MYSO performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2000, MYSO traveled to Beijing, China and the Intermediate Strings and Beginning Cadets performed in competition in Orlando, FL (Disneyworld). In 2002, MYSO traveled to Europe. They performed and toured London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich. In 2003, Beginning Cadets and Intermediate Strings performed in competition in Orlando, FL (Universal Studios). In 2005, MYSO performed on the American Queen Steamboat boarding at the Oak Alley Plantation in New Orleans, LA. In 2006, MYSO performed in the USM Wind & Brass Ensemble Competition in Hattiesburg, MS and in the All-Star and Music Fest in Orlando. A MYSO ensemble performed at the IBC 2006 Artist Reception in Jackson, MS. In 2007, MYSO performed and toured in Costa Rica (San Jose, San Carlos, La Fortuna, Nicoya and Samara).
Contact Info
MYSO Contact Information 2009-2010

Romaine Richards
P. O. Box 12526
Jackson, MS 39236-2526
601-359-3826 (w)
601-953-1768 (c)
Email:  rlrw@aol.com

Advanced Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director
 Dr. Robert Blaine
1315 Kimwood Drive
Jackson, MS  39211
601-982-1085 (h)
318-267-1127 (c)
Email:  robert.blaine@jsums.edu

Deborah Runyan
1710 Rosemont Circle
Clinton, MS 39056
601-925-0829 (h)
601- 497-7947 (c)
Email: runyandeborah@bellsouth.net

Intermediate Orchestra Conductor
Stephanie Maisel
201 Lisa Circle
Madison, MS 39110
601-605-1805 (h)
601-941-0687 (c)
Email: smaisel@bellsouth.net
Lorna Reynolds
113 Old Canton Hill Drive
Jackson, MS  39211
601-977-0700 (h)
601-668-8600 (c)
Strings I & II Conductor
Tammy Luke
1829 Suncrest Cove
Jackson, MS  39212
601-941-8271 (c)
Email:  altofunny@yahoo.com

Patricia Hahn
418 Elmwood St
Vicksburg, MS 39180
601-638-4776 (h)
601-218-3022 (c)
Email: phahn48926@yahoo.com

MSO President and Executive Director
Michael Beattie
P.O. Box 2052
 Jackson, MS 39225-2052
201 E. Pascagoula Street,
601-960-1565 (w)
Email:  mbeattie@msorchestra.com
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