About Us

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, now in its 55th season, is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. In collaboration with four artistic partners – Roberto Abbado, Edo de Waart, Christian Zacharias and Thomas Zehetmair – its virtuoso musicians present more than 130 concerts and educational programs each year, and are regularly heard on public radio’s Performance Today which reaches 1.3 million listeners each week on 256 stations, and SymphonyCast reaching 230,000 listeners each week on 126 stations nationwide. The SPCO has released 67 recordings, commissioned 133 new works, and performed the world premiere of 49 additional compositions. The SPCO has earned the distinction of 16 ASCAP awards for adventurous programming. Renowned for its artistic excellence and remarkable versatility of musical styles, the SPCO tours nationally and internationally, including performances in premier venues in Europe, Asia and South America.

The SPCO is nationally recognized for its commitment to broad community accessibility and innovative audience outreach. Regular subscription series are performed in ten different venues across the Twin Cities metropolitan area each season, a unique commitment to geographic accessibility for a major orchestra. The SPCO also offers the most affordable tickets of any major orchestra in the United States, with tickets for only $10, $25 or $40, with over 80% of tickets available for $25 or less. The orchestra also recently launched an innovative new ticket membership model in which members pay $5 a month to attend unlimited concerts. Visit thespco.org/musicforeveryone to learn more about the SPCO’s commitment to accessibility.

Launched in 1994, the SPCO’s award-winning CONNECT education program reaches over 5,000 students and teachers annually in 16 Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools.

Our Mission

The mission of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society is to present a world-class professional chamber orchestra in the Twin Cities, dedicated to superior performance, and artistic innovation and education, for the enrichment of community and world audiences. 

Affirmation of the Board of Directors, March 18, 1998