Our History

Pro Musica’s mission is “to foster interest in, appreciation for and enjoyment of world-class, live classical music in Joplin and the four-state area”.  Pro Musica  was founded by Cynthia Schwab in 1981 and became a charitable 501(c)(3) organization in 1986.

In its first season Pro Musica presented one concert, the St. Louis Brass Quintet. In its 25th year, Pro Musica brought some of the world’s most celebrated musicians to perform in Joplin. Now about to enter our 35th season, Pro Musica is still looking forward to bringing “ageless music to all ages”.

Pro Musica has been the leader in providing culturally rich, classical music programming for Joplin, Missouri and the surrounding area. The Pro Musica Chamber Series presents chamber music ensembles of the highest professional quality (open to the public at no charge).  Also presented are the annual Joplin PoPs concert, a yearly jazz concert and a Symphony Orchestra performance every two to three years. In addition to the formal concerts, Pro Musica provides educational outreach and enrichment to local schools and Missouri Southern State University, as well as to the social service, civic, and business communities. In the past, Pro Musica has worked in collaboration with Spiva Center for the Arts, Freemen Health System, St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Empire District Electric Company.

Pro Musica is supported by the generosity of individuals, business and corporate sponsors, family foundations and trusts as well as the Missouri Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

We truly appreciate your interest and encourage your tax-deductible contribution to support our mission.

Current Board

Nicholas Kyle, President
Wally Bloss, Vice-President
Martin Williams, Secretary
Alexander B. Curchin, Treasurer
Gina Atteberry
Dale Blanchard
Lori Marble
Katherine Mays
Joseph Newman, M.D.
Bryan Owens
Annette Thurston

Bonnie A. Yetter, Managing Director
Deborah L. Billings, Administrative Assistant

Cynthia H. Schwab, Founder Director Emerita
Joy Cragin, Emerita
Dorothy B. Willcoxon, Emerita