About SCO

Seattle Collaborative Orchestra

The Seattle Collaborative Orchestra

Our Mission

The Seattle Collaborative Orchestra (SCO) is a diverse, multigenerational performing arts organization representative of the greater Seattle community. SCO is devoted to bringing classical and new symphonic works into local schools and communities.

SCO musicians include students, community members, and professionals who work together to create a unique and collaborative musical experience that includes a creative mix of traditional orchestral music, seldom-performed classical works, works by female composers and composers of color.

Our Goals

Our first goal is to give students a taste of the level of dedication and mastery that makes a professional musician.

The Seattle Collaborative Orchestra provides a unique, educational and collaborative music performing experience by coupling committed student and community musicians with premier Seattle-area professionals musicians to sit side-by-side for both rehearsals and concerts. SCO provides an avenue for professional musicians to nurture and mentor students in musically challenging performance experiences. Working alongside professional musicians, students learn to reach higher levels of musicianship and develop traits of professional responsibility and collaboration.

Our second goal is to expand our program into underserved communities to foster talented student musicians who may lack access to musical opportunities.

Moreover, we seek to broaden the audience base for orchestral music in these same communities with our novel musical programming and award-winning performances, which feature these young musicians.

Our third goal is to perform diverse symphonic programs through the music we perform and the musicians who play.

SCO programs innovative and eclectic music. We feature music by female composers and composers of color in addition, we provide opportunities to emerging Pacific Northwest performing artists. SCO is dedicated to expanding beyond traditional organizational and musical boundaries to promote a more diverse performing and listening audience.

Statement on Racial and Gender Equity

Seattle Collaborative Orchestra promotes diversity in the music we play and in the musicians we seek. SCO promotes inclusion, creativity, and leadership in music from all people regardless of their ethnicity, social status, economic background, or gender identity. Toward this end, we seek to include musicians of underrepresented communities in order to break the barriers of their participation and to provide targeted students with musical resources and support. It is our commitment to challenge the status quo and achieve an inclusive and equitable musical community that benefits us all.

If you have any questions about our commitment, or would like to know more about the work we are doing, please contact us at info@seattlecollaborativeorchestra.org.