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Greater Columbus Community Orchestra
The Greater Columbus Community Orchestra (GCCO) originated in the 1960's as the Northwest Civic Orchestra. This ensemble of amateur and professional musicians grew into the Upper Arlington Civic Orchestra. In 2001 the organization sought non-profit status and changed the name to the Upper Arlington Community Orchestra. In 2008 the orchestra changed its name to Greater Columbus Community Orchestra to reflect a broader constituency and move its base to Hilliard.
GCCO Mission Statement:
The Upper Arlington Community Orchestra d/b/a Greater Columbus Community Orchestra is dedicated to the enhanced appreciation and understanding of orchestral music in Central Ohio and the surrounding communities. This is accomplished by providing an open-door opportunity for musicians (amateur, retired, professional or semi-professional) to play, learn and perform orchestral music for others and thus through a shared musical experience, realize self-potential, a spirit of generosity and opportunities for growth. All performances will be free and open to the public.
A member of the Columbus Symphony since 1984, Olev Viro is active as both a violinist and conductor.
In addition to the CSO, Olev performs regularly with Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and the New Albany Symphony.
Maestro Viro has been the Music Director of the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra since 1999.
Under his guidance, the orchestra has commissioned and premiered numerous works, and continued its mission of developing awareness of orchestral music in Central Ohio.
Olev has served on the faculty of Capital, Otterbein and Denison Universities, and is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of music.