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Morgantown Community Orchestra

Open to youth, adults and senior citizens

This ensemble is suitable as a Pre-College training program for talented young musicians

The Morgantown Community Orchestra (MCO) is one of the largest music ensembles of the Community Music Program at WVU. It is designed for intermediate and advanced level players in the community and region, who wish to share and develop their artistic talents while enjoying music-making in a friendly orchestral setting.

The repertoire is carefully chosen to accommodate the ensemble’s need for music with a wide range of styles and difficulty. Membership is open to everyone from youth, to non-music and music major students, to adults and senior citizens throughout the greater-Morgantown community.

MCO FALL Registration Form (PDF)

Join us - Rehearsals are underway

The MCO is now accepting enrollment for Fall Term 2018.

André Januário, Director
Rehearsals: Saturdays, from 11:00am-1:00pm (assorted 'sectionals' occur sporadically at 10am)     
Room 2070, Creative Arts Center
Fall Performance:

  • Sunday Dec 2, 2:00pm, performance, WVU

Membership to the MCO is open to everyone from youth to non-music and music major collegiate students to community members. 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 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 in order for the School to have an orchestra, talented members of the community joined with students 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.

An informal and short audition is requested of new members. This audition process consists of two steps. First, there is an informal interview during which the director will get to know you: your interests and your expectations of the MCO. You will also learn how the ensemble works. This is followed by a short musical piece which you must bring and perform on your instrument (a short musical piece, approximately 5 minutes at maximum). 

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!

In this ensemble, you will learn to:

  • interpret the language and intentions of conductors
  • play in an ensemble at a basic and intermediate level
  • develop fundamental and analytical aural skills
  • understand the organization and the craft of orchestral work
  • important orchestral etiquette tips

Notes 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 young children.