Our Mission

to present orchestral music by living composers, extending a tradition to make it open, vibrant, and diverse, and to speak to our lives today

Our Vision

we envision the orchestra as a powerful vehicle for contemporary music, filled with energy and purpose for composers, performers, and communities

Guiding Principles

  • to perform and promote orchestral music by living composers
  • to take artistic risks in order to  cultivate musical creativity
  • to engage and educate our community through imaginative programs, affordable concerts, and a vibrant and welcoming concert atmosphere
  • to highlight the work of local artists and foster a flourishing musical community in Chicago
  • to listen to our community in order to respond to performers, composers and audiences