Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) made its debut on November 18, 1984 as Musicians of the Cloister at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1987 the name “Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra” was adopted, and the following year Maestro Kirk Trevor was appointed Music Director.
Comprised of 34 professional musicians, the ICO annually presents a concert series of eight performances, utilizing three unique program formats: Masterworks, Conversations, and Pops. The Masterworks and Conversations concerts draw upon a body of music which spans nearly four centuries, and the Pops concert focuses on current popular and theatrical genres. In addition to presenting the full breadth of chamber orchestra repertoire, the ICO’s concert series features internationally recognized concert artists as well as outstanding Indiana performers, presents aspiring young soloists, and showcases the talents of contemporary composers. The ICO has commissioned a number of new works and has performed several world and American premieres.
In addition to the annual concert series, the ICO also provides orchestral accompaniment for many local arts, educational, and religious organizations, including Indianapolis Opera, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, the American Pianists Association, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, and various area churches. The ICO serves as Orchestra-in Residence for the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival and annually conducts a national competition for the composition of new works.
The ICO has developed a full range of educational programs for ages pre-kindergarten through adult. Two major initiatives include the FUNtastic Classics and the Indianapolis Youth Wind Ensemble (IYWE). The popular FUNtastic Classics series introduces young audiences to classical music and provides “hands-on” exposure to the musical instruments of the orchestra. The IYWE is a thriving group of high school and middle school aged musicians chosen from over 25 private and public schools in central Indiana. The IYWE has its own director and concert series.
The ICO’s administrative offices are located at Butler University. Operating support for the organization comes from private and government granting agencies, a thriving and supportive corporate community, and an ever increasing base of individual contributors who appreciate the ICO’s place in Indianapolis’ multi-dimensional cultural climate.
Governed by a Board of Directors drawn from the professional, business, educational and arts communities, the ICO has a professionally managed endowment.
To learn more about the ICO, please visit their website at www.icomusic.org