Cleveland TN orchestraThe Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee began in the summer of 2016 when a group of 35 area musicians gathered together to combine their passion for music and community.  The purpose of Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus is to provide musicians from the surrounding area with the opportunity to play and present fine orchestral music to local audiences.

The Cleveland Orchestra of Tennessee, under the baton of Sarah Pearson, is pleased to begin its third season. TCO’s successful second season saw the inauguration of an annual Interactive Messiah featuring the TCO chorus, and an annual season finale gala featuring show tunes with soprano Caitlin Overton and tenor Johnny Krause. Highlights of the season were Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #5 with guest pianist Jason DuRoy, A Concert of Arias featuring mezzo-soprano Brooke Porritt and baritone Justin Colon, and Schubert’s Mass in G with the TCO orchestra and chorus.

Season three will kick off on October 20 with Peer Gynt Suite (Grieg), Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Debussy), and Boyadjief Jr.’s Marimba Concerto featuring marimbist Caitlin Jones. The season will inaugurate the George R. Johnson Concerto and Aria Competition in December for young pianists, instrumentalists and singers. The winners will be presented in concert in the Spring. The season will also include an evening of Mozart featuring his Clarinet Concerto in A major with clarinetist Amy Marie Humberd. The 2018-19 season will conclude with a concert version of the spectacular Broadway musical Titanic in cooperation with TCOs new sister organization The Tennessee Valley Lyric Theater under the choral direction of TCOs new Chorus Master Terry Sanford and TVL’s artistic director Chery Brendel.

TCO is committed to raising awareness of and local participation in the arts in Cleveland and Bradley County. Fundraising events this season will include Cleveland’s Got Talent (recently held in September), An Evening on the Titanic, a fun evening of dinner and nostalgic music (winter) and an outrageously fun day of Dachshund Races (March). This season, TCO is most grateful to welcome two new sponsors, Wacker Tennessee and the George R. Johnson Family Foundation. 2018-2019 promises to be a marvelous season. For more information on how you can get involved, or more detailed information on the upcoming season, please check out TCO’s facebook page, website or email Executive Director Chery Brendel at

The Cleveland Orchestra of Tennessee Fund allows donors to join with many others to support orchestral music in the Cleveland and Bradley County community while receiving the benefit of a tax-deduction. For more information check the website or email

Donations are made by simply writing a check to the Foundation designated to the Fund or online.