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The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra was founded as a community orchestra in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The founder and first conductor was Waldo Cohn, a Manhattan Project biochemist and an accomplished cellist who started hosting chamber music sessions in his home upon arriving in Oak Ridge in 1943. Today the organization has become the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, which includes the

  • Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra—a fully professional orchestra led by Maestro Régulo Stabilito
  • Oak Ridge Chorus—a community chorus
  • Oak Ridge Chamber Music Series—Professional, world-class chamber music performed by critically acclaimed musicians near and far.
  • Oak Ridge Coffee Concerts—local players performing favorites and more in venues around the city!

The Music Director of ORCMA is Maestro Régulo Stabilito.

ORCMA is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible per IRS regulations.  Consult your tax professional for information.

ORCMA is an organization dedicated to enriching lives throughout our community and supporting local musicians and composers through the performance of diverse and inclusive orchestral, choral, and chamber music in its many forms.  Our vision is to become a growing and inclusive association of people interested in promoting music education and people interested in the performance of a diverse and inclusive range of orchestral, choral, and chamber music.

The 2020 strategic plan immediately enabled all ORCMA concerts to include music by underrepresented composers and arrangers, specifically women and people of color who have been marginalized in our industry.  Composers and arrangers performed to date under the new plan are: 
Ysaye M. Barnwell
Abbie Betinis
Joseph de Bologne Chevalier de Saint Georges
Kathryn Bostic
Lili Boulanger
Nadia Boulanger
Ignacio Brown
Ryan Cayabyab
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Marvin V. Curtis
Remel Derrick
Raul Dominguez
Duke Ellington
Katie Farrell
Gabriela Lena Frank
Dizzy Gillespie
Maria Grever
Carol Hall
Mary Howe
Takuma Itoh
Victor C. Johnson
Jennifer Jolley
Thomas Oboe Lee
Will Lopes
Karen Marrolli
Cecilia McDowall
Clair Thomas McElfresh
Jessie Montgomery
Nkeiru Okoye
Astor Piazzolla
Rosephanye Powell
Diana Saez
Linda Spevacek
William Grant Still
Alvin Trotman
Dale Trumbore
Jorge Variego
George Walker
Gwyneth Walker
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich  


Oak Ridge Civic Music Association Nondiscrimination Policy
No person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, sex, sexual identity, or sexual orientation shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination of services, programs, and employment provided by the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association. 

When assisting individuals with Limited English Proficiency, ORCMA uses AVAZA language line services. Each page of ORCMA's website may be translated into numerous languages.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the perferred language.

How to find the ORCMA office

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