Community Orchestra of Central Oregon

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The Community Orchestra of Central Oregon provides an opportunity for musicians to rehearse and perform a variety of orchestral works while contributing to the enjoyment, appreciation, and enrichment of music in the local community.


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We are dedicated musicians of all levels with the goal of taking music into the community.



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Sam recently moved to Bend, where he is busy building a private teaching studio with emphasis on both traditional teaching and the Suzuki method.  He comes to Central Oregon from Montana, where he was the Concertmaster for The Glacier Symphony Orchestra in Kalispell.  He was also sought after as an import violinist throughout the state, playing regularly with orchestras in Missoula, Helena, Butte, Great Falls, and Billings. 
Prior to Montana, Sam was active as conductor and violinist for many orchestras in Europe, including a Baroque music ensemble in Belgium, the Jugendmusikschule and Community Orchestras in Steckborn and Stadtorchester Winterthur in Switzerland, and a European Union-sponsored traveling orchestra headquartered in Brussels. Sam, a trained Suzuki instructor, looks forward to the opportunity to work with area youth and students of all ages to develop their violin, viola, or classical guitar skills. 
At ease with group and private lesson formats, he will be coaching students of the Central Oregon Youth Orchestra beginning in September 2014.  He hopes to have a positive impact on a wide range of the music education goals of the excellent and established teaching community in the region. Sam is thrilled to be taking up the challenge of conducting the newly-organized Community Orchestra of Central Oregon (COCO), working with a highly motivated and enthusiastic group of music lovers.


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Rehearsal Space: Cascade Middle School  Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. 19619 Mountaineer Way, Bend, 0R
The orchestra rehearses every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Cascade Middle School, 19619 Mountaineer Way, Bend, Oregon. The first rehearsal for our third season will be on September 7th.


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We are looking for more musicians to join us.
  • Brass, Winds, Percussion, Strings. All are welcome and needed.
  • All levels of abilities are invited to join.
  • Auditions are not required.
  • We ask members to commit to weekly rehearsals at a location in Bend and our season's concerts.
  • Annual membership fee to cover expenses.
  • Orchestra season is from September to June.
Our third season rehearsals will start on Wednesday, September 7th - 6:30-9:00, at Cascade Middle School in Bend.

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2016-17 Concerts

Fall Concert - Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. , Mountain View High School Auditorium

The Impresario Overture by Mozart
Symphony in C major by Friedrich Witt
A strings piece
Gershwin By George
The Children of Sanchez by Chuck Mangione
A woodwinds and brass piece

Holiday Concert - Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 1:30 to 3:00, Bend Senior Center

Spring Concert Date:  

To be announced

Thank you to our major sponsors.

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Phone: 541-306-6768