In 2012, after a three-year hiatus, several members of the then Owatonna Community Orchestra connected with Bruce Gleason to investigate relaunching what had been a vibrant regional ensemble founded by John Anderson.  In 2013, a board of directors formed and incorporated the ensemble under the new name of the Owatonna Symphony Orchestra (OSO) and became a non-profit 501(c)(3).

On Sunday, April 27, 2014, Dr. Gleason conducted the first concert of the orchestra under the new name of the Owatonna Symphony Orchestra again at St. John Lutheran Church to another large, appreciative audience.  


Although the name of the orchestra has been changed, the intent of the ensemble continues to be one of educating audiences by performing a broad spectrum of orchestral literature—traditional, historic and contemporary—with the purpose of providing amateur and professional musicians with a positive outlet for their musical abilities and to share these with the public.

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