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The Minnesota Orchestra’s mission is to enrich, inspire and serve our community as an enduring symphony orchestra internationally recognized for its artistic excellence.  

Our Story

Our Leadership

Osmo Vänskä, Music Director 

Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra’s tenth music director, is renowned internationally for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires. Since 2003, he has led the ensemble on several major international tours. His recording projects with the Orchestra have met with great success, including an ongoing project to record all of Mahler’s symphonies and a completed cycle of the complete Sibelius symphonies, of which one disc won a Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance.

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Michelle Miller Burns, President and CEO 

Michelle Miller Burns joined the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra as President and CEO in September 2018. Under her leadership, the Orchestra is launching a multi-year revenue growth plan that increases both contributed and earned revenue for the organization; has unveiled a new leadership model for its long-running summer festival; and pivoted quickly to launch creative digital programming for audiences following the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.

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Latest News

Explore our latest releases from the press room.

Press Releases

Press Kit

For media inquiries or to access a downloadable press kit, please contact Communications Director Gwen Pappas and Communications Manager Emma Plehal.

Press Photos

These photographs have been licensed by the Minnesota Orchestra for use by the media. Photo credits must be used with all images.

Press Photos

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Showcase Magazine

Our monthly magazine showcases concert details, program notes, musician profiles, news and more. Download current issue.

Past Issues

For information on advertising in Showcase, contact Marilyn A. Miller.

Contact Us

Gwen Pappas 
Director of Communications
gpappas@mnorch.org

Carl Schroeder 
Publications Editor
cschroeder@mnorch.org 

Emma Plehal
Communications Manager and Assistant Editor
eplehal@mnorch.org 

Isaac Risseeuw
Social Media and Content Manager
irisseeuw@mnorch.org

Communications Office 
Minnesota Orchestra
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Phone: 612-371-5600
Fax: 612-371-7170