ORCMA Activities


The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) is the home of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Chorus and Chamber Music Series.  We are a 501(c)(3) presenting organization dedicated to enriching lives throughout our community and supporting local musicians and composers through the performance of 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 better serves our membership and better connects our association with our larger community.  The plan also enables 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, Kathryn Bostic, Ignacio Brown, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Marvin V. Curtis, Remel Derrick, Raul Dominguez, Duke Ellington, Katie Farrell, Gabriela Lena Frank, Dizzy Gillespie, Maria Grever, Carol Hall, Takuma Itoh, Victor C. Johnson, Jennifer Jolley, Thomas Oboe Lee, Will Lopes, Karen Marrolli, Clair Thomas McElfresh, Jessie Montgomery, Rosephanye Powell, Diana Saez, William Grant Still, Alvin Trotman, Dale Trumbore, Jorge Variego, Gwyneth Walker.  Check back often as this list continues to increase.

Read the press release here:  ORCMA prioritizes inclusion, diversity, equity (oakridger.com)

"This achievement takes us beyond making a reactionary statement in support of our underrepresented colleagues, and becomes meaningful action to which our community can hold us accountable. Join us and experience great music with ORCMA!"
 - Dan Allcott, Music Director, Oak Ridge Civic Music Association


ORCMA presents innovative and exciting concerts by the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and the Oak Ridge Chorus; the unique Chamber Music Series which attracts local and national artists; the free Coffee Concert Series that provides a performance space for talented up-and-coming local artists; the annual free Family Concert which includes special programming and activities for East Tennessee families; and musically engaging activities for Oak Ridge Schools students and the community.

The origins of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) began with the founding of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra (ORSO) in 1944 by musically talented scientists and engineers led by Waldo Cohn, who worked in the Secret City during WWII.  A cultural pillar of the Oak Ridge community since its founding in 1947, ORCMA was formed as the umbrella organization for the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and the Oak Ridge Chorus.  A detailed history of the founding of the Oak Ridge Symphony was written by Mike Silverman, who figured prominently in the early history.

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.