BCCO’s orchestra has evolved through the years. In the beginning, it was an adult school class like the chorus, which met and rehearsed twice a week. In later years, orchestra members have been drawn from local musicians specifically to accompany the chorus in their performances, occasionally playing an orchestral piece as well. Musicians range from junior high school students to local professionals who support BCCO’s mission.
Prokovief’s Romeo and Juliet — Performance Video - In January 2018, the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra presented, for the first time, an all-Russian repertoire, under the direction of Ming Luke. In the first half of the program, the orchestra played a suite from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet.
Jeff Mertens on Singing with the Trees - BCCO trombone player Jeff Mertens tells of a magical moment with former music director Eugene Jones.
BCCO at People’s Park - Longtime bass player Mardi Mertens tells what happened in 1969 when BCCO tried to play in People's Park.
A Tribute to Dana Kemp - Dana Kemp is a trumpet player who was a member of the Berkeley Community Chorus Orchestra for many years, frequently featured as a soloist.