Here's to a New Era! 

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The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA), home of innovative and inclusive classical music, presents its 2023–2024 season beginning in August. Subscriptions to our Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Music Series are currently on sale.  Additionally, free Coffee Concerts and music education activities will take place throughout the season.  We invite you to attend! There is nothing like experiencing live music!  Your thoughtful contribution, however, also has an enormous impact on our ability to present these concerts and activities, and donations from our loyal supporters continue to constitute a majority of ORCMA's budget.

Founded 79 years ago, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra takes its place among the oldest continuously operating orchestras in Tennessee, keeping the music playing during WWII, and more recently, during the pandemic of 2020 and 2021.  During the pandemic, the Board of Directors authorized use of "rainy-day funds" to keep its staff and musicians employed to bring music to you — our valued patrons — and to the citizens of our greater community and beyond.  Also in 2021, ORCMA was a recipient of Tennessee's Spring State Supplement Award, acknowledging ORCMA's continued service to community through the arts during the year-long COVID-19 pandemic.  The award also recognized that "the arts can improve — not merely reflect — broader economic conditions at the state and local levels, and are an agile and resilient sector with the capacity to ignite job growth, reduce economic risk through diversification, stimulate commerce, and attract tourism."  It is clear that supporting ORCMA is not only an investment in the arts, but also an investment in the economic stability of our community. 

An investment in ORCMA is also an investment in our youths.  June of 2022 saw the birth of our inaugural Summer Strings Camp, founded by Dr. Adolf King.  Camp enrollment was 5x greater in 2023, and a partnership with Oak Ridge Schools provided the students with an ideal educational setting; tnAchieves students also gained valauble community service hours.  The Annual Free Family Concert offers youths and adults alike an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra in an interactive concert experience, and typically engages local high school students in mentorship roles throughout the event.  Throughout the season, Maestro Stabilito and guest artists will offer classes and masterclasses to our areas youths and adults.  And, as part of our Penny4Arts programming, youths 18 years of age and younger may attend all of our subscription concerts free of admission charge.  This season, parents of summer camp students will also be able to attend concerts free of admission charge with their children.  Your generous donation to ORCMA supports this programming in addition to the costs of producing the subscription concerts.

"To a New Era" also sees the continuation of ORCMA's investment in community by programming and highlighting music by composers from underrepresented groups in our industry — specifically women and people of color — on all subscription concerts.  While our programming certainly previously included composers from underrepresented groups, to date, the list of acclaimed composers whose music we have performed under this newly implemented programming plan puts ORCMA on the cutting edge in our industry, and includes these 50 artists and more coming in the 2023–2024 season:

Jeffrey L. AmesMarvin V. CurtisTakuma ItohClair Thomas McElfresh,Undine Smith Moore
Ysaye M. BarnwellRemel DerrickVictor C. JohnsonJessie MontgomeryLinda Spevacek
Abbie BetinisRaul DominguezJennifer JolleyNkeiru OkoyeWilliam Grant Still

Joseph de Bologne 

Chevalier de Saint Georges

Duke EllingtonScott JoplinRichard Wayne Penniman "Little Richard"André Thomas
Kathryn BosticKatie FarrellSusan LaBarrDamaso Perez PradoAlvin Trotman
Lili BoulangerGabriela Lena FrankThomas Oboe LeeAstor PiazzollaDale Trumbore
Nadia BoulangerDizzy GillespieWill LopesLhente-Mari PitoutJorge Variego
Ignacio BrownMaria GreverKaren MarrolliRosephanye PowellGeorge Walker
Ryan CayabyabCarol HallEduardo  MarturetAndres Eloy RodriguezGwyneth Walker
Samuel Coleridge-TaylorMary HoweCecilia McDowallDiana SaezEllen Taaffe Zwilich

Take the time to become familiar with these outstanding composers and their music, and support this exciting programming with your generous donation!

We are thankful for so many of you who have supported us over the years and during the pandemic.   We respectfully ask for your continued support in the form of a donation as generous as possible as we enter a new era.

Click on the "Donate" button below to make your quick and secure donation online.  Or, you may of course always send a donation in the mail to:

ORCMA   
118 E. Division Road   
Oak Ridge, TN  37830-6906

Donations to ORCMA at the $100 level and higher qualify for ORCMA membership and voting rights. Businesses are invited to contact Executive Director Joy Bonamarte at joy@orcma.org to inquire about advertising and sponsorships.  You may read about how ORCMA handles contributions here.

Thank you from the ORCMA Board of Directors, musicians, and staff for supporting the presentation of excellent artistic performances and musical educational opportunities for young people in Oak Ridge.  We look forward to seeing you as we embark on "To a New Era!"

Help ORCMA fulfill its mission to provide excellent music to Oak Ridge and its environs by safely contributing online via PayPal:

ORCMA relies on generous volunteers to ensure the success of our many concerts, educational activities, and fundraising events throughout the season.  Are you interested in having fun while supporting the arts and meeting other arts devotees?  We have many fulfilling volunteer opportunities available! 
Please contact Executive Director Joy Bonamarte at (865) 483-5569 or email joy@orcma.org for more information.  Thank you!