Premier Orchestral Institute returns to Jackson and expands to Hattiesburg in 2024.

POI participants with instruments in hand on stage channeling their energy and talent, leaving the audience in awe of their hard work and commitment.

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Premier Orchestral Institute returns to Jackson and expands to Hattiesburg in 2024.
In its 29th year, POI expands from the capital city into the hub city.

Jackson, Mississippi — The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MSO) announces the 2024 return of its notable Premier Orchestral Institute (POI) music camp and its expansion from Jackson into Hattiesburg through a collaboration with The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music. The immersive string instrument summer music experience with four orchestras, kicks off in Jackson on June 2 at Millsaps College, then continues June 9  – 16 on the Southern Miss campus in Hattiesburg. Middle school, high school and college age musicians are invited to learn from world-class faculty from around the globe. Registration for POI is open through Mar. 5 for beginners through college-age musicians at

POI Artistic Director and MSO Director of Education Alex Encinas says, “Our program is dedicated to empowering and equipping students with tools to elevate their musical talents. Offering musician enrichment and learning opportunities of excellence to Mississippi musicians is at the heart of what we do. The addition of a second week is a vision come-to-life.”

For the first time, in 2024 participants may elect a back-to-back, interconnected experience in Jackson and Hattiesburg. The orchestras offer education for all ages and experience levels: “Young Haydns” for beginners (with one year of instrument experience), “Da Capo” for intermediate players, “POI Virtuosi” for middle school and high school musicians and “Master Camerata” for pre-college and college-age musicians.

Participants learn side-by-side with fellow students and instructors, expand their personal and professional networks and form lasting friendships while practicing all aspects of the orchestral process, including auditions, sectionals, full rehearsals, and concerts. In this nurturing and exciting learning environment, students have access to master classes, chamber music, community outreach concerts and masterful performances by faculty. Last year, participants from 10 countries from three continents came together adding diversity of experience.

“Providing life-changing musical experiences for our students is at the core of our mission,” said Dr. Colin McKenzie, director of the Southern Miss School of Music. “To partner with our alums, faculty, and friends to extend this opportunity to South Mississippi is exciting for our musical community.”

For information about registration, tuition and financial aid opportunities, visit

MSO is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency in addition to corporate and individual sponsors.

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