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Morgantown Community Orchestra

Fall 2024

For Students, Youth, Adults, and Seniors

Registration for the Fall 2024 will open in August 2024

Music Director

Registration Period

August 19, 2024

Next First Rehearsal

August 2024 at 10:00 AM (Room 2070)

Next Play-In Rehearsal


Concert Date TBD
Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre

A Night at the Movies Program
A Night at the Movies Livestream

NOTE: We kindly request that you submit your registration forms and process payment by the due date. This will allow for smooth and successful operations, appropriate for the needs of this large ensemble, as well as the organization of a fun and valuable experience for our community members.

Message to High-School Students

Participation in this orchestra can count towards Community Service credits at school. If you are considering this, please contact your school in advance for approval and let us know upon confirmation. We'll be happy to verify, where appropriate and necessary.

Tuition and Payment

MCO Membership: $58.00 + $10.00 processing fee

  • FREE to students currently enrolled in private lessons/group classes in the Community Music Program
  • A flat fee of $21.00 + $10.00 processing fee for WVU CCA students after showing student ID
  • A flat fee of $21.00 + $10.00 processing fee for young string players in elementary and middle-school who would like to join the orchestra for a selected number of works
  • Community Music Program faculty/staff, WVU College of Creative Arts faculty/staff, and college students outside of West Virginia University may receive up to 10% discount for their MCO membership after showing student ID

  • 10% off for seniors, and 5% off for multiple family members/classes/instruments registrations /p>

  • RENTAL of bassoon, cello, violin, and double bass, is possible upon availability and request for $40.00 per term /p>

Learning and Performance Goals

In this ensemble, you will learn to:

  • interpret the language and intentions of conductors
  • play in an ensemble at an intermediate to advanced level

  • develop fundamental and analytical aural skills

  • understand the organization and the craft of orchestral work

  • important orchestral etiquette tips

2023-2024 Scheduled Performances

  • Saturday, November 11, 7:30 PM, Lyell B. Clay Theatre, College of Creative Arts
  • Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 PM, Lyell B. Clay Theatre, College of Creative Arts
Peter Lewis, Conductor

Saturdays (weekly), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Room 2070

About Morgantown Community Orchestra (MCO)

The Morgantown Community Orchestra (MCO) is the largest music ensemble of the Community Music Program at West Virginia University having reached 55 musicians in January 2023, the largest it has been in over a decade. Membership for the MCO is open to everyone from youth to non-music and music major collegiate students to adults and senior citizens throughout the greater-Morgantown community or other counties of the state. The orchestra welcomes intermediate and advanced level players who wish to share and develop their artistic talents while enjoying music-making in a friendly orchestral setting. For potential new members, a gentle informal trial audition is recommended. The repertoire is carefully chosen to accommodate the ensemble’s need for music with a wide range of styles and difficulty.

History of MCO

The history of the Morgantown Community Orchestra (MCO) can be traced back to the first decades of the WVU School of Music, founded in 1897. Enrollments were small in the early years, and for the School of Music to have an orchestra, talented members of the community and students joined in performances. This was certainly the case as late as the 1920s. Subsequently, the WVU Orchestra grew to the point where there were a sufficient number of students to perform orchestral literature, and the community ensemble languished until it was revived in the 1970s. It has been in continuous existence ever since. The MCO is a unique and exciting group in Morgantown, providing you rehearsals of a wide range of repertoire. It is a perfect opportunity to keep your fingers in good shape and sharp. If you want to learn how to play in a symphonic orchestra, or to improve your skills, here is your chance!

Note to Parents of Young MCO Members

Although the Creative Arts Center is a safe environment, parents are advised to accompany young children to and from rehearsals and to not leave them unattended for any length of time. The Director cannot be expected to be responsible for waiting around after rehearsals to keep watch on children.