Chicago Composers Orchestra

Board Position Details

BOARD MEMBER: The Chicago Composers Orchestra (CCO) seeks board members to engage with and support our upcoming 10th Anniversary Season as we continue our dedication to the performance and advocacy of orchestral music by living composers.

  • Board Term: Minimum of one year.
  • Financial Contribution: Board members are required to contribute financially.
  • Faith-based Organization: We are not a faith-based organization.
  • Skills: Marketing, Fundraising, Prior Board Experience

About Chicago Composers Orchestra

CCO promotes the classical music of today by establishing the orchestra as a powerful vehicle of contemporary music for composers, performers, and our community at large. Our commitment to producing music by emerging, 21st century composers naturally creates space for a more diverse demographic of composers in classical music today. We intentionally program works that challenge what an orchestra can be—and whose voices can be represented by it. We take bold artistic risks to foster musical innovation, and we engage and educate our community through imaginative programs, affordable concerts, and opportunities to connect directly with artists and composers.

CCO is one of very few orchestras worldwide to place exclusive focus on living composers, and the only orchestra to do so in the Chicagoland area. CCO is comprised exclusively of Chicago musicians, and we perform work of local composers in each concert. We feature world premiere compositions in all concerts, creating the invaluable opportunity to hear a piece played in its greatest capacity for composers, performers, and audiences. We work closely with each composer in rehearsal to inform CCO’s approach to the piece, cultivating an insightful experience for all.

In celebration of our upcoming 10th Anniversary Season, we will launch a multi-year project to commission more than 20 new works to be performed over the next three seasons. Composers invited to commission work will either be previous collaborators or composers with whom we have sought to collaborate with for some time, and nearly all will be local to Chicago. Throughout four concerts next season, we will perform seven commissioned works and collaborate with jazz-funk band Origin of Animal, Beyond This Point Percussion Ensemble, and Olivia Block at Experimental Sound Studio. We will continue our residency at Columbia College Chicago to support local composition students with valuable professional experience. On an operational level, we will focus on implementing our three-year strategic plan, increasing contributed revenue, and deepening audience engagement.