Our Mission

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra delivers a world-class and unique classical music experience – through innovative chamber orchestra programming, educational outreach, audience intimacy, and artistic excellence.


Our Story

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“Danzmayr and the ProMusica players took center stage with Mozart’s Symphony No. 29. From the breathless opening bars the ensemble’s robust unified string timbre was most impressive, and Danzmayr’s leadership was tastefully unobtrusive. ProMusica’s reading of the Andante had abundant Mozartean grace…and the spirted finale went with élan, receiving a hearty ovation after the double bar.” Chicago Classical Review

Under the artistic leadership of Music Director David Danzmayr and Creative Partner, renowned violinist Vadim Gluzman, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra is dedicated to raising the national profile of Columbus through world-class performances and creative approaches to community outreach and education. Founded in 1978, today ProMusica reaches over 28,000 audience members annually. Our audience continues to grow, having most recently seen a 25 percent increase in subscriptions and exceeding single-ticket sales by 32 percent.

Comprised of 37 musicians, ProMusica is the resident orchestra of the historic Southern Theatre in downtown Columbus. The orchestra also reaches audiences beyond the I-270 outerbelt through regular performances at other notable venues including the St. Turibius Chapel of the Pontifical College Josephinum and the Worthington United Methodist Church. ProMusica presents an annual outdoor Summer Music Festival, open and free to the public in collaboration with the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Special events such as the annual Soirée broadens our audience by showcasing crossover artistry, having recently featured Steep Canyon Rangers, Time For Three, Gabriela Montero, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and 14-time Grammy winner, Ricky Skaggs.

ProMusica’s diverse programming attracts sold-out performances and has been a key part of building our audience. Widely recognized as a national leader in presenting new and contemporary repertoire, ProMusica has commissioned 65 pieces and has presented more than 100 world and regional premieres, by composers including Pulitzer prize winners Kevin Puts and Aaron Jay Kernis, Gabriela Lena Frank, Michael Daugherty, Christopher Theofanidis, as well as composer/performers Lera Auerbach, Conrad Tao, and Joshua Roman. ProMusica also continues an active recordings program with thirteen CDs released to date, including world-premiere performances of ProMusica commissioned works.

ProMusica has undertaken a number of artistic initiatives to enhance the concert experience. Our ongoing “Composer/Performer” project showcases composers of today not only as creators of work, but also as soloists in their own right. In 2016, ProMusica premiered its new concert series, “NAKED CLASSICS.” Working with renowned British host and presenter Paul Rissmann, this series explores classical music in a fresh, and completely approachable format. ProMusica is one of the few American chamber orchestras to have performed an entire Schubert Symphony Cycle (which includes Schubert scholar Brian Newbould’s finished versions of Unfinished and Symphony No. 10) and the 2017-2018 season will start a two-year Beethoven Symphony Cycle.

With a strong commitment to learning and education, ProMusica’s community outreach programs impact approximately 16,800 lives each season. ProMusica musicians travel to local schools, senior citizens attend live rehearsals, and underserved youth are given life-changing opportunities with the power of music. Programs such as “Play Us Forward” and “Musicians in Schools” offer integrated, in-school based music curriculum, while family concerts provide accessible musical experiences in nurturing neighborhood environments such as the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Our “CODA: Post-concert Conversations” give the opportunity for a direct dialogue between audiences and guest artists –– deepening engagement with the music and performers.

ProMusica has won eight ASCAP awards for Adventurous Programming and has received additional honors, including from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Jewish Foundation. In June 2015, and again in August 2016, ProMusica was selected as one of the first recipients of The Columbus Performing Arts Prize, an esteemed award designed to celebrate and support the exceptional artistic directors of Columbus’ performing arts organizations and their aspirations for creative growth.

In June 2017, ProMusica made its Chicago debut to perform for a sold-out crowd at the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago.


ProMusica is funded in part through the work of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the ProMusica Sustaining Board. Media support is provided by WOSU Classical 101FM