Montgomery County Chorale & Orchestra
The Montgomery County Chorale and Orchestra is one of Montgomery County's Premiere Performing Arts Organizations. We are the only organization in the county that has both a chorale and orchestra under one name.
The mission of Montgomery County Chorale & Orchestra is to inspire, enrich, and advocate for musical diversity, artistic excellence, and creative collaborations within our community.
Statement of Diversity and Inclusion
Montgomery County Chorale & Orchestra (MCCO) welcomes all individuals wishing to participate in our organization. In its activities and operations, MCCO does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, political affiliation, or military status. MCCO is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all in our community, including board members, staff, musicians, volunteers, and audience.
MCCO is committed to performing music of diverse genres and heritages, including commissioned music by women, People of Color, Indigenous, Black composers, and under-represented artists.
The Montgomery County Chorale and Orchestra has its roots in 1996-97 when former music conductor and founder, Michael Kemp, was hired by Germantown Academy to build its student choral program.
The Montgomery County Chorale & Orchestra (MCCO, formerly the Academy Chorale and Orchestra) was founded in 1996 by Michael Kemp as an outreach ensemble of Germantown Academy. Michael’s vision was to offer the joy of making music to all. Thus membership was open, without audition, to parents, staff, and community members. When Michael retired from Germantown Academy in 2009 members formed a governing board, became self-supporting, and in 2016 was granted non-profit 501(c)(3) status.
In 2019, we welcomed the organization’s second Artistic Director and Conductor, David J. Fitzpatrick, a graduate of Westminster Choir College and University of Arizona. Under David’s leadership, the organization was restructured by adding new sub-committees; instituting a rebranding campaign including a new logo, website and advertising materials; and developing new and innovative programming opportunities as well as community outreach initiatives.