Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s “Festival on the Green” to Take Place June 10th

A scene from a past "Festival on the Green." Photo by: Mike RhodesA scene from a past "Festival on the Green." Photo by: Mike Rhodes

By: Jennifer Johnson—

Muncie, INJoin the Muncie Symphony Orchestra for “Festival on the Green” on Saturday, June 10th, on the lawn of the Ball State University Quad/Arts Terrace.  Children’s activities beginning at 6 pm. with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra concert at 7 pm.  Inclement weather location is the Field Sports Building on the Ball State University campus.

An anticipated annual tradition, “Festival on the Green” is free and open to the public.  The community is invited to bring picnics, chairs, blankets, etc., to enjoy the afternoon’s festivities which include the MSO Super Conductor contest, a picnic contest with the “Let’s Dance” festival theme, children’s activities and the MSO concert at 7 pm.

“My favorite annual event is here again, and we have planned another great concert. “Let’s Dance” will feature dance music from a variety of eras, all the way from the Can-Can, a Strauss polka, the Czardas, and YMCA! Come join us on the Arts Terrace lawn for one of Muncie’s premier outdoor concerts”, said Douglas Droste, MSO Artistic Director and Conductor.

The MSO Super Conductor Contest is currently underway.  For the very first time in the history of the contest, there is a “Mystery Maestro” candidate! This fun competition will feature Super Conductor candidates Linda Gregory and Alan Wilson.  To take part in deciding which candidate will be named 2017 MSO Super Conductor, vote online at, contact the MSO office or vote at the information tent at “Festival on the Green”.  Multiple votes for each candidate are acceptable and encouraged.  Each vote is $1.

The Muncie Symphony will host a picnic contest prior to the concert.  There is no fee to enter and picnics must be registered by 6:30 pm.  This year’s theme is “Let’s Dance!”  Prize baskets will be awarded for “Best Theme” and “Best Menu”.  To register a picnic, visit the MSO website or register on the event day at the information tent.

Children’s activities will feature community partners including David Owsley Museum of Art, BSU Department of Theatre and Dance, Cornerstone Center for the Arts, Muncie Ballet, Dazzle Dance, and other community organizations. Offerings will include art activities for families, face-painting, the MSO Instrument Petting Zoo and more.

Begin Saturday, June 10th with the Muncie Symphony League’s second annual Andante 5k Walk & Run! With both a 5k and one mile fun run distance, this family-friendly event is open to all ages and abilities and is both stroller and wheelchair friendly. Register at

“Festival on the Green” is generously supported by Mutual Bank, The Shafer Foundation, and The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. Muncie Symphony season partnership and support provided by Ball State University, Muncie Power Products, Indiana Arts Commission, Indiana Public Radio, and WIPB.

For more information, visit or contact the MSO office, (765) 285-5531.

Jennifer Johnson is Executive Director, Muncie Symphony Orchestra


Related Story: Photo Gallery From LAST YEAR’S event.

Photo Gallery: MSO Festival on the Green