The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) is a 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.
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 musical outreach activities to the schools and 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.