Monroe Symphony League

monroe-symphony-league-logoThe Monroe Symphony League is a separate non-profit organization that functions to promote the cause of good music and music education. The League was founded in 1972 by five women who felt that such an organization was needed to enhance the activities of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra.

The League provides education programs for students who attend any school in Ouachita Parish or surrounding areas. The League sponsors the children’s music education concert, “The Sound Safari” put on by the orchestra, each year. Students are able to experience a brief concert followed by an instrument “petting zoo”. The League also supports the New Music on the Bayou Festival held in June each year.

Membership in the Monroe Symphony League is open to anyone interested in the promotion and support of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and music education. Dues are $25 per year and the membership entitles you to the September Membership Social as well as the General Membership meeting/mid-summer luncheon in July each year.

MSL Book Room

320 North 4th Street Monroe, LA 71201 • (318) 410-1002

Book Fairs are the principal fundraising projects used to underwrite the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and music education. Prices range from 25¢ to $5.00 and you can find books, magazines, CDs, sheet music, records, textbooks, miscellaneous, and now art prints.


Book Donations are on hold for the time being due to COVID-19.

Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition

An annual event established by the Monroe Symphony League and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra to promote and encourage excellence in musical performance and to provide orchestral performance opportunities for youth and young adults residing in Louisiana.

If you need further information, please contact Dr. Mel Mobley at (318) 342-1575 or

Past Winners

2015 – Qi Cao            2016 – Cameron Clements   2017 – Varko Darga      2018 – Joseph Kingma    2019 – Beatrice Huang

Programs of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra are supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts as administered by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council.