About the TCO of TN

Our Mission:

To promote excellence and creativity in the arts communities of Cleveland and Bradley County, in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation. We strive to foster artistic education, opportunity and enrichment in our local sphere.

The History of The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee

In the summer of 2016, a group of 35 area musicians gathered together for a reading rehearsal, combining their passion for music and community to become The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee. Its purpose was to provide musicians from the surrounding area with the opportunity to play and present fine orchestral music to local audiences. Lead by the TCO’s founding conductor Sarah Pearson, the TCO gave its inaugural concert in November 2016. During the inaugural season, the chorus was added under the direction of Dr. Ron Brendel, newly appointed Chorus Master. In the spring of 2017, Dr. Chery Brendel joined as Executive Director and Dana Wallin joined as Director of Finance to round out the leadership of the group.

The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee is built on diversity. We come from different walks of life, cities, states and countries. We are teachers, nurses, business professionals, homemakers, students and composers. We are different in age, race and religion. But the love for music is a powerful bond that stretches across every difference to unite us all—both audience and musicians.

The orchestra performs 5-7 concerts per year at venues in the Cleveland and Chattanooga, Tennessee area. This season, the group will launch a two-division Concerto/Aria Competition to embrace talented musicians at all age levels. The season will also include masterwork concerts, a Messiah sing-a-long, opera, pops concert and a season finale gala concert. The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee is a resident performing arts group at the George R. Johnson Cultural Center Theatre in the town of Cleveland, Tennessee.