About SCO

Seattle Collaborative Orchestra

The Seattle Collaborative Orchestra

Our Mission

Seattle Collaborative Orchestra is a multigenerational performing arts organization devoted to music education and to bringing classical and new symphonic works into local schools and communities.

Our aim is to create engaging and educational collaborative experiences by coupling gifted student musicians from Seattle-area schools and colleges with experienced professionals from premier Seattle-area ensembles, such as the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, to perform and promote new music, orchestral milestones, and rarely performed orchestral gems. We are especially dedicated to featuring music by contemporary female and Pacific Northwest composers.

What Makes SCO Different?

  • Core mission one: Music Education.  SCO is unique in its practice of pairing talented younger musicians still in high-school and college with seasoned professionals from around the Puget Sound region.  Student and professional musicians sit side-by-side, play concerts together, and the students are given a taste of the level, dedication and mastery that makes a professional musician.
  • Core mission two: New Music.  In nearly every concert since its inception, SCO has given the premiere performance of a new work by a contemporary composer.  We have premiered works by Seattle area composers Angelique Poteat, Sarah Louise Bassingthwaighte, and William Langlie-Miletich.  As SCO has grown, our premieres include works by nationally ranked composers Victoria Bond and Leanna Primiani.  We also feature performances of recent compositions by well-known composers Jennifer Higdon and Michael Daugherty.  As you can see from this list, SCO is especially dedicated to performing works by female composers.
  • Core mission three: Outstanding Performances.  SCO features compelling virtuoso performances from featured soloists such as violinists Maria Larionoff, and Stephanie Chase, bassist Catalin Rotaru, and sopranos Marcy Stonikas and Catherine Haight.  The ensemble’s sound is exciting, warm and precise—a result of the paring of energetic young players and experienced professionals under the award-winning baton of our Music Director Anna Edwards.