About the Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra
The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra [MDSO] of Decatur, Illinois, has a long tradition and is unique in combining of faculty, community and students in its body. It is a rich educational tool for the music faculty to have available so students can become a part of such a group early in their training. Each string student at the university is required to play in the Orchestra and the other instruments are used as needed and space allows.
Since the founding of the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur the Orchestra has had only four conductors! Each conductor has done much to promote and grow the Symphony. Of course having the wonderful hall like Kirkland has added much to the enjoyment of both musicians and audience. Before Kirkland, the concerts were held in the Masonic Temple auditorium.
About the Maestro
Dr. William McClain assumed leadership of the MDSO in 2020.