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The Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra was formed in August of 2009 as the Southern Ozarks Chamber Orchestra. This group was formerly the West Plains Regional Orchestra and in 2009 voted to change their name and move to Willow Springs for practices. It was decided Willow Springs was a central location to gather for practice since orchestra members are from West Plains, Mtn. View, Houston, Cabool, Ava, Mtn. Grove, Willow Springs, VanZant, and Mtn. Home, Arkansas. The group operates through the Willow Springs Arts Council and performs regularly at the Star Theater.

This is a volunteer group of musicians with the mission to –

  1. Provide performance experiences for local students and musicians.
  2. Provide local live orchestra music to the residents of the Southern Ozarks area.

Anyone interested in joining the group can contact Ginny VanOskeuls at 417-855-0152 or email at, or Rebecca Cash at 417-962-0979 or email at

If you are interested in booking the orchestra for a performance, please contact one of the above individuals.

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The group practices on Tuesday evenings at 7PM at the Ferguson Building in Willow Springs.

Jodie Forbes is the Conductor/Director of the Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra.  Jodie has been a member of SOCO for many years, performing as a flute and piccolo player.  She has also served as Associate Conductor.  Jodie teaches elementary music for the Houston School District and has taught in public schools for over 30 years.  She graduated with honors and a bachelors of music in education from the Dana School of Music, part of the Youngstown State University in Ohio.  She was principal flute with the University Wind Ensemble.  She traveled with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra for one year and was principal flute in the Venice Suncoast Symphony Orchestra.  Jodie has worked with many musical groups including “The Shortleaf Band”, handbell choirs and various vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Concert Schedule:  The Fall practice schedule began September 5th on Tuesday evenings at 6PM to 8PM at the Ferguson Building in Willow Springs.  Projected concerts for the coming season include:

Spooktacula:      October 21st

Christmas Concert:     December 3rd

Valentine’s Day Concert:     February 11th

Spring Concert:     April 15th

Great concert on May 13th at the Cabool High School Auditorium.  The orchestra did a salute to Mom’s in a concert entitled “To Mom with Love”!!!!

SOCO will helped reopen the Star Theater on Saturday, May 20th at 7PM!!!  It was a fantastic variety show called “Star Rise” and will featured several groups that use the theater.

And, the Southern Ozarks Youth Orchestra will  start their practice schedule in July!!!!  Their next concert is on Sunday, November 26th, 3PM at the Star Theater.



Concertmaster, Dani Collins



Mrs. Danyal Sallee has been Concertmaster for the Southern Ozarks Chamber Orchestra for five years. She also a member of with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and has played with several ensembles throughout the Midwest. In 2014, Ms. Collins created the Southern Ozarks Youth Orchestra which provides orchestral experience for young string students.  She currently teaches in Willow Springs, Ava, and Mountain Home, AR.  She is building a new generation of musicians for our Ozarks.

Orchestra Members

Music Directors


    • Jodie Forbes

Associate Conductor



    • Danyal Collins



    • Danyal Collins
    • Millie Padgett
    • Rebecca Cash
    • Tiara Howell
    • Phyllis Harvell
    • Tessa Bates
    • Karen Pitts
    • John Fortune


    • Brandy Taylor
    • Karen Bates-Couch


Sandra Clark Rosengren



    • Matt Hopwood
    • Andrew Stockard


    • Marcus Allen
    • Rich Tompson
    • George Brown


    • Kenneth Wood
    • Tuba

    • Jarrod Fann

French Horn

    • Brandon Coursen
    • Nikki Dean


    • Jake Evans



    • Ginny VanOskeuls


Laura Maxwell


    • Dean Belshe
    • Kristi Ryan
    • Sam Wallace
    • Jennie Segatto


Drum Set

Andrew Stockard – phone: 417-967-4089 – email:

Flute and Other Instruments

Jodie Forbes – email:

String Bass and Mallets

Judi Duffin – phone: 417-257-0977 – email: