Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

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The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), based in Saint Paul (the state capital of Minnesota), is the nation's only full-time professional chamber orchestra. In collaboration with five Artistic Partners, the 34 virtuoso musicians present more than 130 concerts and educational programs each year and are regularly heard on public radio’s Performance Today which reaches 1.5 million listeners each week on 243 stations, and SymphonyCast reaching 480,000 listeners each week on 125 stations nationwide. The orchestra's recording of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring was one of the earliest digital audio recordings to see commercial release.[citation needed]

Beginning with the 2004 – 2005 season, the SPCO adopted a new artistic model by eliminating the position of Music Director and creating positions for several Artistic Partners, prominent established musicians. Under this model, the musicians of the SPCO are given a much higher degree of artistic control.

During the 2005 – 2006 season, two new partnerships were formed with the SPCO: a residency with the University of Chicago and a multi-faceted collaboration with the University of Minnesota School of Music. Launched in 1995, the SPCO's award-winning[citation needed] CONNECT education program reaches 6,000 students annually in 16 Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Schools.


Group leadership

Bobby McFerrin served as Creative Chair 1994-1999.

Artistic Partners

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