The Ensemble Music Society was formed in the winter of 1944 by a nucleus of civic-minded
music lovers who met in the Herron Art Museum on 16th Street, which later
became the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Guided by Leonard Strauss who with
Ferdinand Schaefer had worked to establish the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra,
they decided to officially form a chamber music society to bring a regular
season of chamber music concerts to Indianapolis. They selected the name,
Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis, and formed an organizational committee.
The first concert was announced for the following April in the Indiana War
Memorial concert hall.
The mission of this organization is to present a regular series of chamber music concerts
each season in Indianapolis with internationally-known touring and recording
artists. Often the ensembles are also very generous and gifted teachers. So
from the first meeting, our mission has included promoting music education
in the schools by taking the visiting ensembles into the schools throughout
Indianapolis with lectures and demonstrations for students. There is no charge
to the students or schools. Click to learn more about the program.
We remain an all-volunteer organization. The thousands
of volunteer hours given annually by our board keep expenses down and ticket
prices reasonable. We now give our concerts in the Indiana Historical Society
in downtown Indianapolis.