Christmas with the Gothard Sisters and Seattle Collaborative Orchestra

SCO joins Edmonds’ fabulous Gothard Sisters for their Seattle Christmas Show!

Christmas with the Gothard Sisters is a Celtic-Inspired, family-friendly holiday celebration full of Christmas music from the Gothard Sisters’ three holiday albums, storytelling, special guests, Irish dancing, and much more.

The Gothard Sisters – Greta, Willow and Solana – will be joining the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra for a richly-orchestrated festive holiday concert.  They are a dynamic group of three sisters, whose impressive array of talents have set them apart as one of the most refreshing and compelling acts in Celtic music today. The sisters’ unpredictable and theatrical flair brings a youthful splash to the time-honored tradition of Celtic folk music, bridging the gap between modern Pop and Folk-Rock with a sunny, optimistic style that has been described as “beautifully-arranged, melodic-minded Celtic Folk-Pop.”

This concert, which is also a special fund raiser for SCO, features the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra performing new arrangements of some of the Gothards’ original songs and holiday favorites.

Date: Saturday, 9 December, 2017, 7:30 pm

Location: Roosevelt High School Theater, 1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, WA 98115

Get your tickets today – this show may sell out!

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SCO Announces Its 2017-18 Season

Photo: Bob Young

The Seattle Collaborative Orchestra is pleased to announce its 2017-18 season! This year we will present three concerts, all of which feature a mix of standard orchestral repertoire, rarely performed repertoire, along with new works by composers who are female, from the Pacific Northwest, or both!

Fall Concert – Sounds of Strength and Divination
University Christian Church, Friday Oct 27, 7:30pm

Amy Beach, Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 “Gaelic” (1896)
Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 2, op. 73 in D major (1877)

Winter Concert – Visions of Sound
University Christian Church, Sunday February 4 at 3:00pm

David Lien, Aeromancy for Saxophone, Orchestra and Organ (World Premiere)
Angelique Poteat, Beyond Much Difference (2015)
Modeste Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition (1874)

Spring Concert – Soundscapes
Roosevelt High School Theater, Friday March 30 at 7:30pm

Emma Lou Diemer,  Santa Barbara Overture (1995)
Concerto Competition Winner  (TBA)
Silvestre Revueltas, Sensemayá (1938)
Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring (1945)

We are actively seeking diverse, highly capable student musicians from across our region interested in participating and engaging in our orchestra. If you are interested, please see our Auditions page for complete information about how to become a member of SCO.

A Few Videos from Past Performances

Here are some video clips from Seattle Collaborative Orchestra’s past concerts.  All video and audio produced by Opus 4 Studios and Dr. Michael Matesky. Enjoy!

Symphony No. 5, Op. 64 Mvt. 1 – Pyotr Tchaikowsky (December 6, 2016):

D’Un Matin de Printemps by Lili Boulanger (December 6, 2016):

Sinfonietta pour orchestre by Francis Poulenc (April 9, 2013):


SCO Premieres Andy Clausen’s “This Is Water”

Andy ClausenSeattle Collaborative Orchestra presented the premiere performance of composer and trombonist Andy Clausen’s orchestral suite This Is Water.  The work was commissioned by our Music Director Anna Edwards, and it is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s orchestral interludes in his opera Peter Grimes.  Both works, along with the west coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto were presented at our Spring concert on 4 April 2017.

Andy is a New York-based composer, trombonist and 2014 graduate of both The Juilliard School and Seattle’s Roosevelt High School. The New York Times has described his work as “sleek, dynamic large-group jazz, a whirl of dark-hued harmony and billowing rhythm… The intelligent sheen of Mr. Clausen’s writing was as striking as the composure of his peers… It was impressive, and not just by the yardstick of their age.”

Read more about Andy and This Is Water under Featured Composers – Andy Clausen.

February Concert: Chamber Music Series

SCO Rehearsal

Please join us for our second concert of the season, a Chamber Music Series, on Tuesday February 7, 2017 – 7:30pm.  This concert will feature various smaller ensembles: brass, woodwind, percussion, string, and mixed ensembles.  The repertoire to be announced soon.

If you would like to join SCO, auditions are now open!  See Auditions on this website for full details.

December Concert: Questions and Answers

SCO Cellos with Walter Grey.

SCO Cellos rehearse with Walter Grey. [Erika Pierson photo]

Our December 2016 concert, Questions and Answers, featured a new work by Roosevelt and Rice University graduate Brendan McMullen.

Brendan McMullenUnquestioned  (World Premiere)
Charles IvesThe Unanswered Question
Lili BoulangerD’un soir triste & D’un matin du printemps
TchaikovskySymphony No. 5

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7:30pm
Roosevelt High School Theater
1410 NE 66th St, Seattle WA 98115

SCO Premieres Primiani’s SIRENS on West Coast

Leanna Primiani Seattle Collaborative Orchestra performed the West Coast premiere of composer-conductor Leanna Primiani’s SIRENS for Orchestra in our November 2015 concert. In talking about this piece with Primiani’s publisher, Subito Music, Anna Edwards, SCO’s Music Director commented, “It’s been a blast for me and the musicians to work on this piece!” Based after Homer’s classic “The Odyssey,” the ten-minute work premiered in 2008 at the Nashville Symphony, led by Leonard Slatkin.

Read more about SIRENS for Orchestra and composer Leanna Primiani at Subito Music.