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.