Founded in August of 2014, the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra is a volunteer ensemble open to all area (and non area) residents who wish to perform great music in an orchestral setting. The OVCO rehearses on Sundays from 4:30 to 6:30pm at Decorah High School. We will present between 2 and 4 performances each season with possibilities of collaborating with community theaters or vocal ensembles. The OVCO will present orchestral music from a variety of different styles and time periods ranging from the baroque era through newly commissioned works and from symphony to opera. Interested in playing? Contact usor visit the "Join Us" page and fill out the personnel form.
The OVCO directed by award winning conductor, Matthew Cody. Matthew graduated from Colorado State University with a Masters of Music in conducting and music education in 2014. He has conducted Appalachian Spring, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Adagio for Strings, Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings, Bloch Concerto Grosso, selections from Magic Flute, and Shostakovich Symphony 9 with professional orchestra. While finishing his coursework at CSU he also conducted members of Opera Fort Collins and Fort Collins Symphony in a concert production of "The Secret Garden".
Matthew has studied with: Wes Kenney, music director of Fort Collins Symphony, Opera Fort Collins, and Denver Youth Symphony. Jason Weinberger, music director of Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony. Dr. Robert L. Larsen, Founder and Music Director Des Moines Metro Opera, professor emeritas Simpson College.
Matthew won the 2016 American Prize in Conducting award - Orchestra Division.
The OVCO is a 501(c)3 non-profit through the state of Iowa and the federal IRS. All donations are tax deductible.
President - Matthew Cody Vice President - Craig Hultgren Treasurer - Nick Ngyuen Secretary - Benjamin Kratchmer Member At Large - Kate Rattenborg Member At Large - Ben Hippen