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Currently led by conductors Ace Edewards and Matt Wilkinson, Scruffy City Orchestra is Knoxville’s “other orchestra”, a community orchestra composed of volunteer musicians from around the area. Founded in 2016, the Orchestra meets for two sessions each year at First Baptist Church in downtown Knoxville and performs concerts at the end of each session as well as other specialty concerts and musical competitions throughout the year.

 

About

Welcome to the Scruffy City Orchestra web site, and thank you for your interest in the orchestra!

So where did our unusual name come from?

The “Scruffy City” term for Knoxville allegedly comes from a quote by late travel writer John Gunther describing the area. There is some question, however, about where the name really came from, and it seems to have grown more in urban legend than in actual fact (see THIS for insights into the origins of the expression by beloved Knoxville historian Jack Neely). Whatever its beginnings, “Scruffy City” has become a rebellious badge of honor of sorts for Knoxvillians. And what better name for Knoxville’s “other orchestra”?

We draw members from the greater metropolitan Knoxville, TN area, and are based downtown, rehearsing and performing at First Baptist Church located at 510 W. Main Street in Knoxville, 37902. The church generously offered their church sanctuary for concerts and their fellowship area, Trentham Hall, for rehearsal space. The sanctuary is gorgeous and has proved to be an excellent place to have our concerts. First Baptist Church is a historic church on the National Register of Historic Places, and the amazing architecture reflects it.

Scruffy City Orchestra is a non-profit, pay-to-play organization. Fees are $50/year. Currently, we have two sessions per year with a concert at the end of each session on a Friday evening. We do not rehearse in the summer.  Rehearsals take place in Trentham Hall, Thursday evenings 7-9 p.m. The hall has high ceilings, great lighting and chairs (you must bring your own music stand).

Parking for First Baptist Church:
Parking for rehearsal is best in the Church Parking Lot, an outdoor parking space behind the church at 1050 Locust Street SW and nearest to the entrance for Trentham Hall. There is a ramp to a glass door into Trentham Hall.

The covered parking garage is the Main Avenue Parking Garage. This is available for all worship services, weekends and evenings, and is where you should park for concerts in the sanctuary. It is attached to the church’s Welcome Center and is free. You may enter this parking garage at 950 Locust Street SW or 550 W Hill Avenue. Follow the signs for visitor parking.

Conductors and Board Members 2018:

Ace Edewards, Conductor
Matt Wilkinson, Conductor
Janice Mitchell, President
Susan Rankin, Secretary
Linda Moyer, Treasurer
Alicia Meryweather, Personnel
Ahsia Spencer, Librarian
Melissa McCoy, Publicity

For further information regarding parking, please visit THEIR SITE.

Please contact us for further information.

Upcoming Events

Classics and Concertos

Featuring the winners of the 2018 Scruffy City Orchestra Concerto Competition:

Natalie Gregg • Nick Caux, Double Bass • Joshua Kováč, Cello

Friday, May 4, 7:30 •  First Baptist Church  Knoxville • 510 West Main St., Knoxville

Sunday, May 6, 3:00 pm •  Austin-East Performing Arts Magnet Academy, Knoxville • 2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, Knoxville

Tickets are $5.00 at the door, cash or credit.

News

Classics and Concertos May 2018

Classics and Concertos Featuring the winners of the 2018 Scruffy City Orchestra Concerto Competition: Natalie Gregg, Flute • Nick Caux, Double Bass • Joshua Kováč, Cello Friday, May 4, 7:30 •  First Baptist Church  Knoxville • 510 West Main St., Knoxville Sunday, May 6, 3:00 pm •  Austin-East Performing Arts Magnet Academy, Knoxville • 2800 Martin Luther King …

Nick Caux – Winner 2018 Scruffy City Orchestra Concerto Competition

Nick Caux – Double Bass Nick Caux is a junior at Maryville Highschool. He began playing the double bass in the 5th grade orchestra program at Maryville City Schools and has continued to play orchestral and symphonic repertoire in the program. Nick currently studies with Dan Thompson, who has been his private instructor since 5th …

Natalie Gregg – Winner 2018 Scruffy City Orchestra Concerto Competition

Natalie Gregg – Flute Natalie Gregg is a junior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville studying flute under Dr. Shelley Binder. Natalie is double majoring in Flute Performance and Musicology. She is also minoring in Music Business, and Entomology and Plant Pathology. Natalie is a member of the UT Chancellor’s Honors Program and is also …

Contact

If you are interested in becoming a member of Scruffy City Orchestra or would like to contact us for any reason, please send a detailed email with your request by clicking the link below.

Email Scruffy City Orchestra for more information.