Welcome to POI 2020

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s PREMIER ORCHESTRAL INSTITUTE is an intensive summer program for string players from beginner to

advanced levels.


Orchestral playing is at the core of our program. Students go through all aspects of the orchestral experience (audition, sectionals, full rehearsals, and concerts) under the leadership of world-class musicians in a nurturing and exciting learning environment. 


Additionally, all POI students have access to master classes, chamber music, community outreach concerts and masterful performances by the POI faculty.

At POI we place great value on the social experience that comes with learning side-by-side with fellow students and instructors from all over the world. Our musicians expand their personal and professional networks and form friendships that stand the test of time and distance.


Also, we're thrilled to be partnering again with Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, where we will host most of our activities.


We hope that you will join us this summer. Please click around the website to learn more about us and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Alex Encinas 

Premier Orchestral Institute, Director


POI 2020 will take place at the beautiful campus of Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. These state-of-the-art facilities will be the perfect place to spend several days of intensive music training. Check out some beautiful pictures of the campus below:


Our mission is to provide all POI participants (students, instructors, staff, volunteers, etc.) with an intensive, exciting and inspiring program that will generate artistic growth and cultural enrichment for all involved. POI is a life-changing experience with repercussions beyond the musical realm.