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.
Kemp also developed an adult community chorus, which became the Academy Chorale. After quickly growing to 50 singers, their first concert was a performance with Judy Collins in her Christmas show at the Keswick Theater. Kemp then founded the Academy Orchestra, which enhanced the Chorale and performed its own repertoire. After Kemp’s retirement from Germantown Academy, both the chorus and orchestra became self-supporting under the organizational name of the Academy Community Concerts Association.
After 23 years of leadership, Kemp retired from the Chorale and Orchestra in 2019. Now known as the Montgomery County Chorale and Orchestra, the organization is currently under the direction of David J. Fitzpatrick.