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Mission Statement

The mission of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is to present a world-class professional chamber orchestra in the Twin Cities, dedicated to superior performance, artistic innovation, and education for the enrichment of community and world audiences. It is the SPCO's primary objective to contribute to the cultural life of the Twin Cities and to the worldwide community through concert series, education programs, recordings, national radio broadcasts and extensive touring in the region, the nation and the world.


The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, beginning its 49th season in September 2007, is the nation's only full-time professional chamber orchestra and is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. In collaboration with five Artistic Partners - Dawn Upshaw, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Roberto Abbado, Douglas Boyd and Nicholas McGegan - the 35 virtuoso musicians present more than 150 concerts and educational programs each year, and reach over 85,500 listeners each week on 63 public radio stations. The SPCO has released 65 recordings, commissioned 110 new works, and premiered 53 additional compositions. The SPCO has earned the distinction of 12 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. Launched in 1995, the SPCO's award-winning CONNECT education program reaches 6,000 students annually in 15 Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools.

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