Mission & History

The Inaugural Concert of The Metropolitan Orchestra, September 30, 2012 at the Maplewood/Richmond Heights High School Theatre.

The Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis, now its seventh season, has picked up the mantle of being the number one professional/educational orchestra in the city.

The mission of MOSL is to provide a high quality orchestral ensemble for St. Louis area musicians where professionals can hone their skills while mentoring student instrumentalists, vocational players and music teachers, and sharing the joys of playing great music. It is also a place to showcase new conductors of both genders and diverse ethnic backgrounds.

MOSL is composed of working St. Louis area professional musicians, music teachers, and student musicians, who are seeking a venue to perform standard symphonic repertoire at a very high level. The diverse personnel of the orchestra allows seasoned professional musicians to continue sharpening their skills, while providing unique educational experiences for younger student musicians. Together, the unified ensemble fosters a cooperative learning environment in an artistic atmosphere that brings the joys of music making to the community through accessible and affordable public concerts. This season, MOSL will present five concerts at two different locations: one through four will take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood while the last concert will take place at Washington University.

Founding Committee

  1. Nancy Schick
  2. Jason Harris
  3. Ann Dolan
  4. Nancy Summers
  5. Wendy Lea
  6. Allen Carl Larson

Board of Directors

  1. Art McDonnell, President
  2. Richard Walters, Vice President
  3. Nancy Schick, Secretary
  4. Ann Dolan, Treasurer
  5. Ruth Ezell
  6. Allen Hoffman
  7. Arthur J. McDonnell
  8. Steve Montgomery
  9. Don Riehn
  10. Ann Marie Ruhlin
  11. Allen Larson

Advisory Council

  1. Louise Cheli
  2. Esley Hamilton
  3. Zena Ilyashov
  4. Tom Sudholt