the orchestra

VIOLIN 1

Ryan Rogers, Concertmaster
Robert McNally
Redden Spann
Christine Knupp
Ashley Rigdon
Kally Xu
Kate Morgan
Mary Rogers
Ty Maisel
Milena Rusanova

VIOLIN 2

Luline Dotson, Principal
Frank Rives
Norman Wood
Sorsha Morris
Lynne Scott
Janice LeBlanc
John Turner
Gwen Combs
Jackie Pierce
Sandy Shugars

VIOLA

Alexander Sullivan, Principal
Laura Christell Horlings
Jane Klinck
Perry Combs
Leslie Wood

CELLO

Lee Jackson, Principal
Bridgeet Olugbala
Starkey Morgan
Kathy Whitfield

BASS

Richard Brown, Principal
Glenn Hale
Beth Ann Jones

FLUTE

Allison Talley, Principal
Martha Morgan

OBOE

Wayne Miller, Principal
Carol Kossman
Tracy Carter

ENGLISH HORN

Tracy Carter, Principal

CLARINET

Meghan Brock, Principal
Fred Rushton

BASSOON

David Freeman, Principal
Sally Cohen

CONTRABASSOON

Elaine Maisel, Principal

FRENCH HORN

Bonnie Shows, Principal
Ellen Matthews
Trey Bennett
Jay Bennett

TRUMPET

Lloyd Turner, Principal
Anne Berthold
Mike Beasley

TROMBONE

John Retherford, Principal
Michael Weidich
Will Buchanan
Andrew Develle
Tim Golden

BASS TROMBONE

Paul Lavellee, Principal

PERCUSSION

Greg Mitchell, Principal
Warren Ertle

TIMPANI

Jason Mathena, Principal

History

The MCO is a community orchestra composed of approximately forty musicians who perform classical chamber music for the public free of charge in the Jackson metropolitan area. We perform at least three concerts during each season. The orchestra began in 1984 when Gary Robinson, a graduate student in music education at Mississippi College, invited local musicians, most of whom are non-professionals, to join him in forming a community orchestra as part of a school project. Through the generosity of such benefactors as the Gertrude Ford Foundation, Stuart C. Irby, Jr., Muller Addkison, Jr., State Farm Insurance Company, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Jackson, Dr. and Mrs. Michael LeBlanc, and many other contributors, we have had the good fortune of continuing to present excellent programs free of charge to the public. Its programs have become a valued cultural asset to the metropolitan area.

Artistic Director Wayne Linehan is a professional musician who plays trumpet with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and is an adjunct music professor at Millsaps College and Mississippi College. Bob McNally, for many years concertmaster of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, is a highly respected violinist throughout the country. Our non-professional musicians freely give hours to practice and performances. A few selected students from area institutions including Hinds Junior College and Belhaven University are given opportunities to develop their talents in an orchestra setting.

Our concerts have been performed in past years in the historical setting of the Old Capitol State Historical Museum. Because renovations caused by Katrina took away that space, St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral graciously allowed us to begin performing in their beautiful sanctuary, where we currently hold our concerts.

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Those organizations or persons who underwrite an entire season, or one performance, or more, are invited to submit promotional materials for inclusion in the program as a thank you. All contributors are recognized by listing their names in the appropriate category as set by the board. The orchestra operates under a Mississippi non-profit charter registered in Mississippi as the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra Society, Inc.  It has an exempt status under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3). Contributions are fully tax deductible.