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MSO Society honors two

with lifetime memberships

On October 19, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra Society honored Manchester College Professor Jim Adams and Associate Professor Emeritus Robert G. Jones for their many years of service to the community orchestra.  Both received Lifetime Membership Awards. 

In presenting the honor, Society Vice President Diane Scheerer thanked former MSO Conductor Bob Jones for his many years of devotion to the symphony and for his outstanding leadership.  Jones retired from the Manchester College Music Department last summer after serving as faculty member and MSO conductor for 25 years. 

Professor Emeritus Charles Klingler spoke of the work and accomplishments of Adams, who teaches art at the college and has prepared the program notes for symphony performances for more than 25 years.  Society President Gene Strohallen presented Adams with a lifetime membership.

North Manchester is one of the smallest communities in the nation to support a symphony orchestra.  The 50-member community orchestra is comprised of area residents, and Manchester College students, faculty and staff. The MSO, in its 66th season, presents four concerts annually and sponsors two free summer concerts for the community.  It also conducts an annual competition for young musicians, provides educational programming for local elementary and high schools and funds scholarship aid for music students at Manchester College.

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