The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra will delay the start of the 2020-2021 concert season due to the challenge and uncertainties created by COVID-19.

“This is a difficult decision but one we believe allows us the opportunity to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, and volunteers.” stated Music Director Matthew Cody.

OVCO’s current plan is to begin their concert season in February 2021 with a full concert at Decorah High School Auditorium, following social distancing guidelines to protect the musicians and audience members. Plans are also being made for alternative performance opportunities for OVCO musicians, including virtual and small ensemble performances at different venues in the community. More information about these events will be posted on the OVCO website and Facebook page.

Founded in August of 2014, the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra is a volunteer ensemble open to all area (and non-area) residents who wish to perform great music in an orchestral setting.

From symphonies to opera, the OVCO will present orchestral music from a variety of different styles and time periods ranging from the baroque era through newly commissioned works. A typical season consists of three to four "Masterworks" concerts, which include the full orchestra, and a few small venue concerts for our chamber music series.

The OVCO is directed by award-winning conductor Matthew Cody. In 2016, Matthew received the American Prize in Conducting Award, Community Orchestra Division.