Welcome to A Season of Healing.
The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) will present the professional Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, the community Oak Ridge Chorus in collaboration with Roane Choral Society, and the Chamber Music Series featuring nationally-known artists during its 2021–2022 season. Your thoughtful contribution will help make these concerts a continued part of our area's cultural heritage.
Founded 77 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, beginning with our annual Free Family Concert, led by Music Director Dan Allcott. The 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 string students in mentorship roles throughout the event. A longstanding partnership with the Youth Aliyah Auditions & Concert has enabled youths in the area to perform as soloists with the orchestra. This season, our format is a little different due to the pandemic, but we are pleased to feature a previous Youth Aliyah Concert winner on our Season Celebrations concert, May 7, 2022. Students are also encouraged to participate in a free mandolin workshop presented by virtuoso Jeff Midkiff on October 9, 2:00 PM at the Performing Arts Center at Oak Ridge High School. This school year, education videos created by Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra musicians will be distributed to Oak Ridge Schools teachers for use in online learning. 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. Your generous donation supports this programming.
A Season of Healing 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, and Ignacio Brown. This season, we add composers Kathryn Bostic, Jennifer Jolley, Takuma Itoh, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jessie Montgomery, (Samuel Coleridge-Taylor), Jorge Variego, and more to the list of composers we know will enhance your music listening experiences. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about advertising and sponsorships.
Thank you from the ORCMA Board of Directors, Maestro Allcott, 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 at A Season of Healing. Music does have that power!
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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 email@example.com for more information.