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About Us

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (GCO) is a nationally-recognized cultural institution committed to enriching lives through innovative concerts, distinctive recordings and inspiring educational programs. Conducted by Gregory Wolynec, the GCO is delighted to have two Middle Tennessee homes – the Mabry Concert Hall on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and The Franklin Theatre in Franklin.

The GCO presents a four-concert Masterworks Series that combines beloved masterworks, overlooked gems and works by contemporary American composers to illuminate a vast range of music. The GCO pioneered America’s Haydn Festival in the spring of 2019 with programs dedicated to the classical master’s symphonic and quartet output. The Family and Children’s Series engages listeners with classical music in a multimedia format in collaboration with leading visual artists and authors. BBQ, Brews and Beethoven is a fun new event that pairs great music with great food and beverage.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra – connecting communities with world class music.

Our Mission

Gateway Chamber Orchestra enriches lives through innovative concerts, distinctive recordings and inspiring educational programs.

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Our History

The ensemble debuted in the fall of 2008, and has grown into a classically-modeled chamber orchestra comprised of leading symphony players, recording musicians and college faculty from Middle Tennessee and beyond who delight in bringing their shared passion for the world’s greatest music to the community.

GCO recordings have been released on the Summit Records and Delos Music labels, and have been lauded in a wide variety of publications including American Record Guide and Fanfare Magazine.

Inclusion Statement

As we grieve the loss of George Floyd, the Gateway Chamber Orchestra reflects on and acknowledges the history of racial inequality, not only in our country, but in our own world of classical music as well.

We vow to embrace the ways that music itself can engage us in thought, challenge our beliefs, and inspire change.

The lifeblood of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra is the music, the musicians, the music lovers who honor us with their presence at our concerts.

In a world that can feel dark and uncertain, music can be a beacon of light -- for everyone. It can be joyful, uplifting; it can touch and heal the soul.

We believe Black lives matter;

We support, respect, and affirm the human dignity of our communities where it has been lacking, specifically communities of color; and

We strive not just for diversity, but to understand our role, as an arts organization, in creating change and promoting equity and justice for these communities.

We dedicate ourselves to music as a source of healing and inclusion.


No person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, or sex shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination of services, programs, and employment provided by the Gateway Chamber Orchestra.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on a person’s race, color, or national origin. All Tennessee Arts Commission grantees are subject to compliance with this and other applicable federal laws.