The Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra (OBCO) is an all-volunteer operation of local musicians who encompass a variety of professions, such as attorneys, teachers, urban planners, accountants, military, economists, homemakers, private studio owners and students.
As a chamber orchestra, OBCO is smaller than a symphonic orchestra. A chamber orchestra has fewer musicians per part, which allows for a more intimate performance experience, but also requires significant preparation by each performer. The OBCO, based in Woodbridge, demonstrates that culture and entertainment don't have to be mutually exclusive. OBCO's performances are meant to reach everyone from young professionals to retired individuals and children. While the orchestra introduces audiences to new pieces, members also like to play compositions that the average person is familiar with and loves.
OBCO's regular concert season runs from September to May. The orchestra performs five times each season. Venues include Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Woodbridge, Woodbridge Middle School and Epiphany Lutheran Church in Dale City. OBCO also performs in the Prince William County Arts Council's annual
Arts Alive! festival at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. OBCO is a member of the arts council.
Additionally, small ensembles of OBCO musicians play at community events, such as the 25th anniversary celebration dinner last May of the Prince William Committee of 100, a local organization that provides forums to study interests, problems and goals of Prince William residents.
OBCO can be hired for private events and offers pro bono performances for nonprofit organizations. This past May, an OBCO string trio performed at the annual volunteer recognition event hosted by Volunteer Prince William, a local nonprofit organization that partners with community agencies to mobilize volunteers and resources where needed.
The OBCO is committed to making classical music accessible to all audiences in Prince William County and surrounding counties. To help make its music accessible to all, OBCO keeps its concert prices low. Tickets cost only $5 per adult and are free to those age 17 and younger. Season subscriptions can be purchased for $20, with a second season subscription for free.