Currently led by conductor Ace Edewards, Scruffy City Orchestra is Knoxville’s “other orchestra”, a community orchestra composed of volunteer musicians from around the area. Founded in 2015, the Orchestra meets for two sessions each year and performs concerts at the end of each session as well as other specialty concerts and musical competitions throughout the year.


Thank you for your interest in the orchestra!

Led by conductors Ace Edewards and Matt Wilkinson, Scruffy City Orchestra was founded in 2015 by a small group of musicians who thought it was time there was a community orchestra in Knoxville. We draw volunteer members from the greater metropolitan Knoxville, TN area. Our current conductor is Ace Edewards, although Matt Wilkinson remains closely associated with the orchestra.

In November, 2018, SCO was invited to be part of the Cathedral Concert Series at The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. The Cathedral Concert Series is a program of the Diocese of Knoxville Music Commission and is dedicated to providing the community with free/low-cost opportunities to experience local, regional, national, and international sacred and classical music ensembles in the effort to support the Arts and foster appreciation for Sacred Music in East Tennessee.

Conductors Matt Wilkinson and Ace Edewards with Scruffy City Orchestra, Nov. 9, 2018

Scruffy City Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, pay-to-play organization. Member fees are $50/year.

We have two rehearsal/concert cycles per year.  The summer-fall season runs from August through October with two concerts in early-mid November. The winter-spring season runs from January-April with two concerts in May. We do not rehearse in the summer.

Parish Hall (on the campus of The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus), 711 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN

Thursday evenings during active sessions, 7-9 p.m.

2019 Spring Rehearsal Schedule

Where: Parish Hall, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Campus, 711 S. Northshore Dr., Knoxville
Thursday evenings promptly at 7-9 p.m.  on the following dates:
Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14 (TBD-Maryville Schools break), 21 (TBD, Knox County Schools/UT break), 28
April 4, 11, 25
Dress rehearsal: May 2
Note: No rehearsal April 18

Bring your own stand, instrument(s) and any other items you personally need (stand lights, etc.). Music will be provided or ISMLP inks will be e-mailed to members for personal print-out.

Attendance is critical to the success of a community orchestra. Musicians must attend at least 80% of rehearsals to continue as members. Attendance at Thursday dress rehearsal the night before the Friday concert is mandatory. Please make every effort to attend the last two rehearsals in particular. If you cannot meet these requirements and want to continue as a member of the orchestra, speak to the Personnel Manager.

Always let the Personnel Manager know as far in advance as possible if you must miss any rehearsal and inform your section leader as well..

SCO has two scheduled concerts per session. One is the Cathedral Concert Series performance on a Friday evening in Sacred Heart Cathedral on Northshore Drive in Knoxville. SCO performs the same concert as a  Community Outreach Performance at a location to be named either a week before or after the Sacred Heart event.

SCO also participates in various special musical events and competitions   during the year.

Conductors and Board Members 2019:
Ace Edewards, Conductor
Janice Mitchell, President
Susan Rankin, Secretary
Alicia Meryweather, Personnel
Ahsia Spencer, Librarian
Melissa McCoy, Publicity

Please contact us for further information.

Upcoming Events

Bohemian Romance

Again led by conductor Ace Edewards, this year’s Scruffy City Orchestra fall concert lineup is:
Verdi – Overture to La forza del destino
Dvorak – Silent Woods
•  featuring Mathew Wilkinson, cello
(In memory of Rod Meryweather)
Smetana – The Moldau
Dvorak – Romance in F Minor, Op.11 • featuring Ruth Bacon, violin
Intermission with Brass music
Dvorak – Symphony No. 8

Cathedral Concert Series Concert

When: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: Sacred Heart Cathedral, 711 Northshore Drive, Knoxville
Admission:  Free, donations welcome.

Festival of Christmas Joy
with Johnson University

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019,  7:00 p.m.
Where: Johnson University, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville|
Admission:  Free, donations welcome.

2020 Spring Concerts

Featuring the winners of the 2020 Concerto Competition!
More information TBD.

Outreach Concert:  Thursday, April 23 (Location TBD), at 7:30 p.m.

Cathedral Concert :  Friday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral

2019-2020 SCO Rehearsal Schedule

Where: Parish Hall, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Campus, 711 S. Northshore Dr., Knoxville unless otherwise noted.
All rehearsals are from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in SH Parish Hall on Thursdays unless otherwise noted or changed by request.

Fall, 2019
August 8, 15, 22, 29; September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24; November 7
Dress rehearsal for Fall Cathedral Concert: Thursday, Nov. 21

Festival of Christmas Joy Concert, 2019
  Thursday, December 5 in SH Parish Hall, 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Rehearsal:  Friday, December 6 at Johnson University, 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal:  (Saturday) December 7 at JU, 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Dinner Break:  (Saturday) December 7 at JU (furnished)

Spring, 2019
January 9, 16, 23, 30;  February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 16
Dress rehearsal for Spring Cathedral Concert: Thursday, April 30


SCO Updates

Watch our May 10, 2019 spring concert online! Brahms, Borodin and Budding Stars! Featuring the 2019 Concerto Competition Winners: • Ellie Smith, cello – Youth Category • Kristin Barrett, Violin – Adult Category Sacred Heart Cathedral, Knoxville, TN The concert was live streamed and then put on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5ESgoTmWxn0 2019 SCO Concerto Competition Winners We …

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 …


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