About the SFCO

The Santa Fe Community Orchestra
Season Overview

Five free concerts of classical favorites, rarely heard repertoire, accessible contemporary works, New Mexico soloists, & world premieres of compositions by New Mexico composers.

Educate Your Ear programs - entertaining, informative talks by Music Director Oliver Prezant with musical illustrations by the SFCO, followed by a complete performance.

Side-by-Side programs in the classroom and in the concert hall with students from the public schools.

Performances of large choral works - with Santa Fe area choristers, as well as college and high school students.

Innovative collaborations - with actors, dancers, composers, photographers, and filmmakers.

New Works by New Mexico's Composers - hear the latest from emerging and established composers from around New Mexico.

Let's Dance! our Swing and Ballroom dance event featuring the SFCO and the Santa Fe Great Big Jazz Band.

The SFCO is the Community

performing for the Community

FREE of charge!


Upcoming Events

Winter Concert

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.
in the James A. Little Theater
at the New Mexico School for the Deaf

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
Bach: Violin Concerto in E Major BWV 1042
Martha Caplin, violin
Side-by-Side with the
Santa Fe High School Symphonic Orchestra

Free Admission, Donations Appreciated


Educate Your Ear
Tchaikovsky’s Last Symphony:
the Pathétique

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7 pm,
in the James A. Little Theater
at the New Mexico School for the Deaf

Join us as we explore Tchaikovsky's last
symphony: the Pathétique. The act
of writing it and the enthusiastic
reception cheered up the characteristically
nervous, depressive composer, but he
never divulged the program of the
work, which he conducted at its premiere
just a few days before he died. Oliver’s
commentary and musical examples by the
SFCO will be followed by a full performance
of the heart-wrenching fourth movement.

Educate Your Ear—it will change
the way you hear!

Free Admission, Donations Appreciated


Call for Compositions

New Works by
New Mexico Composers

The SFCO regularly presents new and recent works by New Mexico composers in an open rehearsal format. There is no charge to participating composers, and the public is invited to listen.

For more information about submitting compositions for the readings, click the more button.

Call for Composition

SFCO Composition Competition

$4,000 Prize

The Santa Fe Community Orchestra announces a composition competition to be held during the 2018-2019 season. The competition is open to current and former New Mexico residents. There is no age limit for the competition. SFCO members and their immediate families are not eligible, and composers who have previously won the competition or who have been commissioned by the SFCO are not eligible.

For complete guidelines and more information, click the more button.

Composition Competition

Join the Orchestra

The SFCO welcomes amateur musicians who would like to join the orchestra to contact us for audition information. Professional or outstanding amateur musicians who are interested in performing with the SFCO as guest soloists are also encouraged to contact us.

Join the orchestra