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The SPCO Center, housing offices and rehearsal/performance space, is located on the third floor of the Hamm Building in St. Paul, MN.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), is a full-time professional chamber orchestra based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In collaboration with five Artistic Partners, the orchestra's musicians present more than 130 concerts and educational programs each year in over 14 venues throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area. They are regularly heard on American Public Media's nationally syndicated radio programs "Performance Today" and SymphonyCast.

The orchestra's recording of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring at Sound 80 studios was one of the earliest digital audio recordings to see commercial release.[1]

Beginning with the 2004 – 05 season, the SPCO adopted a new artistic model by eliminating the position of Music Director and creating positions for several Artistic Partners, prominent established musicians. Under this model the musicians of the SPCO are given a much higher degree of artistic control.

Launched in 1995, the SPCO's CONNECT education program reaches 6,000 students annually in 16 Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Schools. The orchestra's activities are supported by the Friends of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Artistic partnersEdit

Artistic leadershipEdit

Awards and recognitionsEdit

2012-2013 LockoutEdit

In October 2012, after months of negotiations between orchestra musicians and management, the SPCO locked out its union musicians[5]. Six months later, musicians approved a three-year labor agreement that cut their pay by $15,000 per year, reduced the SPCO from 34 to 28 players and offered buyouts to musicians 55 years and older[6].

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  1. ^ Kenney, pp. 58, 61.
  2. ^ Kenney, pp. 58, 61.
  3. ^ "ASCAP "Adventurous Programming" Awards Presented at League of American Orchestras Conference in Minneapolis". 2 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-29.
  4. ^ "2013-2014 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming" (PDF).
  5. ^ Royce, Graydon (21 October 2012). "SPCO locks out union players, quieting 2nd orchestra". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  6. ^ Combs, Marianne (29 April 2013). "SPCO lockout comes to an end". Minnesota Public Radio News. Retrieved 5 December 2018.


  • Kenney, Dave. 50 Years of Music: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Nodin Press, 2009.

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