About Midland Symphony Orchestra

MISSION: To provide excellence in symphonic music, education, and outreach programs for the Midland community and beyond.

The Midland Symphony Orchestra consists of more than 70 professional musicians from across the state, and has provided the Great Lakes Bay Region with excellence in symphonic music since 1936. Its concert season, performed in the 1,500-seat Midland Center for the Arts Auditorium, features renowned guest artists, family programs and special events.

Past guest performers include Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Dave Brubeck, Sharon Isbin, Edgar Meyer, Measha Brueggergosman, Time for Three, the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, and many more who have contributed to the unique and challenging repertoire which defines the MSO.

The MSO also offers a variety of fun and innovative Education and Outreach Programs and Scholarships that inspire and strengthen the appreciation of symphonic music in the community.

Midland Symphony Orchestra is proud to be a partner orchestra of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. It will do so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition previews. Learn more at www.auditionalliance.org.

Bohuslav Rattay, Music Director

Czech conductor and Music Director Bohuslav Rattay continues to bring a new style and flare to the podium, taking your classical music experience outside of the box. An enthusiastic promoter for classical music, Mr. Rattay strives to bring traditional and innovative programs together in a manner that’s exciting and fresh for his audience.

Bohuslav divides his time between the United States and Europe, always continuing his quest to find new ways to bring great music into the lives of people on both continents. Visit Bohuslav Rattay’s website.

Dr. Matt Travis, Director of Choral and Orchestral Programs

A native of Bay City, Michigan, Matt completed a bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance at the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Choral Conducting at Penn State University. While attending Penn State, he served as assistant conductor to the Penn State Men’s Glee Club, conducting performances at various division conferences and in domestic and international tours.  During his time in central Pennsylvania, Matt was music director of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, from 2006 to 2010. Following his years at Penn State, Matt was the Music Director at Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y. from 2010-2014. Matt recently completed his doctorate in choral conducting at The University of Connecticut where he founded and directed the UCONN Men’s Glee Club and taught undergraduate courses in conducting and general music. In addition to his work at UConn, Matt served as Music Director of the Kent Singers and as Male Choirs Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Connecticut chapter of The American Choral Director’s Association. Matt is founder and Artistic Director of The Mid-Michigan Singers and Mid-Michigan Voice Academy.

An active conductor and dedicated student of music, Matt has participated in numerous summer programs, including the Yale Summer School of Music, University of Michigan Choral Symposium and Eastman Conducting Institute, and prestigious Oregon Bach Festival studying with German conductor Helmuth Rilling. Matt has been fortunate enough to receive numerous fellowships including: American Choral Director’s Association Lannom Fellowship, Chorus American Choral-Orchestral Fellowship, and The Yale Summer School of Music Fellowship.

The MSO is an incorporated group of Midland Center for the Arts, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, and is a member of the League of American Orchestras.