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


“… Danzmayr upholds – and even expands upon – ProMusica’s history of making classical music approachable”. — Lynn Green, The Columbus Dispatch

Founded in 1978, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra has sustained over three decades of world-class performances, impacted the community through education and outreach programs, and drawn national attention to the Columbus arts scene through innovation and musical merit. Music Director David Danzmayr is in his third season with the orchestra, and renowned violinist Vadim Gluzman holds the post of Creative Partner & Principal Guest Artist.

Comprised of 37 musicians, ProMusica performs six subscription concerts each year, serving as the resident orchestra of the historic Southern Theatre, located in downtown Columbus. The orchestra also hosts four performances in Worthington, at notable venues including the St. Turibius Chapel of the Pontifical College Josephinum and the Worthington United Methodist Church, drawing in audiences from outside the I-270 outerbelt. Both venues offer intricate architecture and add to the acoustical splendor and visual delight of the ProMusica experience. ProMusica presents a Summer Music Series each August, open and free to the public in collaboration with venues such as Franklin Park Conservatory and the Topiary Park at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library.

Special events throughout the year bring classical music to new audiences and celebrate ProMusica musicians and guest artists. The annual Soirée showcases crossover artistry, recently featuring Steep Canyon Rangers, Time For Three, Gabriela Montero, Jane Monheit, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Mark O’Connor, and 14-time Grammy winner, Ricky Skaggs. Additionally, the Artist Circle Series engages audiences in intimate settings.

Recognized as a national leader in performing new and contemporary repertoire, ProMusica has commissioned 64 pieces and has presented more than 110 premieres, by composers including Joshua Roman, Peter Schickele, Derek Bermel, Clarice Assad, Christopher Theofanidis, Conrad Tao, and Pulitzer Prize winners Kevin Puts and Aaron Jay Kernis. ProMusica also continues an active recordings program with thirteen CDs released to date, including Triumvirate (2011), featuring world-premiere performances of commissioned works by renowned composers Joan Tower, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Lera Auerbach.

With a deep commitment to education, ProMusica’s arts outreach programs influence thousands every season. Musicians travel to local schools, senior citizens are engaged in live rehearsals, and at-risk children are invited to learn, play, and explore with the orchestra. Programs such as Play Us Forward and Musicians in the Schools offer in-school based curriculum, while free family concerts in partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library offer accessible musical experiences in nurturing neighborhood environments. The CODA: Post-concert Conversations offer exclusive dialogue between audiences and guest artists, deepening engagement of the concert experience. Co-founded by Richard Early and Timothy Russell, Dr. Russell led the orchestra as music director for 34 years, stepping down from the podium in 2013.

The orchestra has won eight awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for Adventurous Programming and has received various additional awards, including those from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Jewish Foundation. In June 2015, ProMusica was selected as one of the first recipients of The Columbus Performing Arts Prize, a unique award designed to celebrate and support the exceptional artistic directors of Columbus’ performing arts organizations and their aspirations for creative growth.

ProMusica embarks on its first tour in the 2016-2017 season to perform at the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, in June 2017.

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