About Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra


Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra was founded in February 1979 by a group of amateur musicians with ambitions to play chamber music. Now expanded to almost full symphonic size, MCO offers playing opportunities to musicians whose expertise ranges from beginners to semi-professional. Ages have ranged from ninety-three to fourteen. The common denominators are enthusiasm and dedication. We do not require auditions and we are always eager to add new string players to our ranks. We welcome new wind and brass musicians, but do have established players in those chairs; however, we frequently use extra, or stand-in players for all wind- and brass-instrument positions, both for rehearsals and for performances.

MCO has enjoyed a succession of professional conductors. Timothy Russell—conductor of ProMusica of Columbus—was followed by Timothy Muffitt (Baton Rouge and Lansing Symphony Orchestras), Steve Wedell, Kenichiro Matsuda, and Richard Cioffari. We have now enjoyed more than a decade of challenge, excitement, and wonderful music under the baton of Luis G. Biava.

Luis Biava

Funded primarily through dues from members, the orchestra gratefully accepts donations. For 32 years, Central Presbyterian Church provided a beautiful concert venue and free rehearsal space in return for occasional performances with their choir for Sunday services. Central was forced to close its doors in November 2011. We are more than fortunate that the community of Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High St., Columbus, OH) has welcomed us warmly into an affiliation, and has allotted us space for rehearsal and for storage of our equipment and music library. Our first concert in their Sanctuary is scheduled for January 29, 2012 at 7.00 PM

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