Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I see the GCO in concert?

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra is proud to have two homes in Middle Tennessee – Clarksville and Franklin. Currently we perform almost all of our concerts in the Mabry Concert Hall of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and The Franklin Theatre in Franklin.

How can I get tickets?

There are links to do this online right here on our website as well as information on ordering in Clarksville and Franklin.

What is a chamber orchestra?

This is one of our favorite questions! A chamber orchestra is a slightly smaller version of a large symphony orchestra. You will see almost all the same instruments, but with a group that typically consists of approximately 35 individuals instead of 80 or 100. Because of the venues that we play in and the passion of our musicians, you can see and hear more of what each member of the orchestra is doing. The musicians love it because they know their individual voices can all be heard.

I don’t know anything about this kind of music. What can I expect?

We hope our name can help make you more comfortable. We want to be your “gateway” to this great world of music that we care so much about. Our concerts typically contain three or four pieces and last a total of 90 minutes, including intermission. Our conductor will tell you a little about each work and, together with the printed program, will give you some elements to listen for in each piece.

Are GCO concerts appropriate for children?

There are two answers to this. Our Family concerts are designed for children of all ages. Our Masterworks and Winter Baroque programs can range from very soft to very loud with most audience members focusing very intently on the stage. We ask that parents consider whether their child has the ability to sit still for 30-40 minutes while listening and watching before deciding to attend.

What should I wear to a GCO concert?

For our Masterworks programs our professional musicians will be wearing suits and semi-formal attire. Many of our patrons prefer attire like the performers while others prefer “business casual.” Family concerts are more casual.

Where do GCO musicians come from?

All over the world! GCO musicians have been trained at some of the leading conservatories and music schools. Because we are not a full-time orchestra we have professional players who join us from other symphony orchestras, Nashville’s recording studios as well as college music departments. Learn more about us HERE.

Statement of Inclusion

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.

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Gateway Chamber Orchestra
2250 Wilma Rudolph Blvd, Suite F, #222
Clarksville TN, 37040
(931) 444-6240 or (615) 712-3683