Welcome to "New Directions:  The Year of the Conductor!"

Excitin g New Directions

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) will present the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, the Oak Ridge Chorus in collaboration with Roane Choral Society, the Chamber Music Series featuring nationally-known artists during its 2022–2023 season, and our Community Coffee Concerts performed by locally-based artists at venues around the city.  The Year of the Conductor features our four music director finalists in their audition concerts this fall. Visit orcma.org for all the exciting details!  You can be a part of the selection process by attending the concerts.  Your thoughtful contribution will help make these concerts a continued part of our area's cultural heritage.

Founded 78 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.  The award is an acknowledgement of ORCMA's continued service to community through the arts during the year-long COVID-19 pandemic, and recognizes 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.  The Free Family Concert to be held in the spring of 2023, offers youths and adults alike an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra in an interactive concert experience, and typically engages local high school string students in mentorship roles throughout the event.  And throughout the season, as part of our Penny4Arts programming, youths 18 years of age and under attend our subscription concerts free of admission charge.  This season, any youth who attends all four of our music director finalists' concerts will receive a FREE METRONOME!  Just ask for our New Directions Youth Passport on site at the Box Office.  Your generous donation supports this programming.

"New Directions: The Year of the Conductor" 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 has 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 includes Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Katie Farrell, Karen Marrolli, William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, Ignacio Brown, Kathryn Bostic, Jennifer Jolley, Takuma Itoh, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jessie Montgomery, Jorge Variego, Marvin V. Curtis, Remel Derrick, Raul Dominguez, Dizzy Gillespie, Maria Grever, Carol Hall, Victor C. Johnson, Thomas Oboe Lee, Will Lopes, Clair Thomas McElfresh, Rosephanye Powell, Diana Saez, Alvin Trotman, Dale Trumbore, and Gwyneth Walker.  This season, these composers will be added to the list: Mary Howe, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Ryan Cayabyab, Nadia Boulanger, Lili Boulanger, George Walker, Astor Piazzolla, Nkeiru Okoye, Linda Spevacek, Cecilia McDowall, Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint Georges, André Thomas, and more!  Take the time to become familiar with these outstanding composers and their music, and support this programming with your generous donation.

Sign up for ORCMA's free email list, and you will receive updates on our concerts and events throughout the year, along with a link for secure online giving.

We are thankful for so many of you who have supported us over the years and during the pandemic.  Now, as we embark on our new season, we respectfully ask for your continued support in the form of a donation as generous as possible in these ongoing troubled times. Donations from our loyal supporters will continue to constitute a majority of ORCMA's budget.

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:

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 Lisa Muci Eckhoff at lisa@orcma.org to inquire about advertising and sponsorships.

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 "New Directions: The Year of the Conductor!"

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

ORCMA relies on volunteers to ensure the success of our many concerts and events throughout the season.  Are you interested in meeting other arts devotees?  We have many fulfilling volunteer opportunities available!  Please contact Executive Director, Lisa Muci Eckhoff at (865) 483-5569 or email office@orcma.org for more information.