The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, based in Munster, has announced a three-year extension of KIRK MUSPRATT’s contract as music director. Muspratt is now completing his ninth season at the helm of the orchestra, where he has instituted several successful programs such as a solo competition for children, an Orchestral Fellowship Program in partnership with Valparaiso University, and a Music Educators’ Night that invites area teachers to be honored guests at an orchestral concert. He was also instrumental in founding the South Shore Summer Music Festival, where the NISO performs free concerts in communities around Northwest Indiana, and in establishing collaborations with Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center and Hubbard Street 2 Dance Center.   

Posted June 2, 2009