Musical Director Joseph Schlefke makes sure that Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra concerts aren’t stuffy events. This community orchestra is dedicated to showcasing music by women, GLBT and minority composers, in addition to the lesser known works of greats like Mozart. Educators' Guide

Artist Bio:
The Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1993 by Kevin Ford, a gay man who had a vision of a gay and lesbian orchestra that would build community and fellowship through the performance of classical music.

Although Kevin succumbed to complications from HIV-AIDS in 1995, the organization he created continues to grow and diversify 15 years later. Today, the MPO includes players from a wide variety of backgrounds and orientations who share a commitment to inclusivity, nondiscrimination, and to the performance of works by underrepresented composers.