We call ourselves COCO, which stands for Community Orchestra of Central Oregon. In July 2014, we were just an idea. By September we were an ensemble with a Board of Directors and a professional conductor. Now we are an orchestra of forty-five members and are in our fifth concert season.
In our short history, we have provided ensembles to assist other non-profit groups in their fund-raising events, offered music to assisted-living facilities and extended invitations to students as far away as Madras to participate in our Student Program. With the help of Board members and their families plus member fees, we have financially stayed in the black, since the very beginning.
Known for our accessibility and inclusiveness, we welcome all ages, provide a scholarship fund so that fees are not prohibitive and do not require auditions. We have members willing to serve as mentors and flexible rehearsal arrangements for those musicians who have scheduling conflicts.
Having musicians to play with is a joy to many of us and something we love sharing with others. We perform a variety of music for the enjoyment of our audiences. Concerts are always free of charge.
Sam Taylor has been with us since the beginning. His professional career prior to his move to Oregon has included violinist, concert master and conductor, primarily in Europe. He continues to be a professional violinist and a teacher of strings while operating a sanctuary for rescued dogs and horses.
Current Orchestra Musicians