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 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!

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 conductors are Ace Edewards and Matt Wilkinson.

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.

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.

(as of Winter-Spring, 2019)
Sacred Heart Cathedral School
(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.

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. The first is the Cathedral Concert Series performance on a Friday evening in Sacred Heart Cathedral on Northshore Drive in Knoxville. The second is our Community Outreach Performance a week later on Thursday evening (a rehearsal night so as to be more convenient to members) at a venue to be determined in the area.

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

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

Please contact us for further information.

Upcoming Events

2018 Fall Concert Schedule

“Colors of the Orchestra”

Conducted by Ace Edewards

Perfromance 1:
What: The Cathedral Concert Series Performance
When: Friday, November 9 , 7 p.m
Admission:  Free (donations welcome)
Where: Sacred Heart Cathedral
The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
711 S Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN

Performance 2:
What: Community Outreach  Performance
When: Thursday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
Admission:  Free (donations welcome)
Where: Johnson University

Fall Rehearsal Schedule: 

At First Baptist Church, downtown Knoxville:
August 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
Nov. 1

At Sacred Heart Cathedral, 711 S Northshore Dr., Knoxville:
November 8 (dress rehearsal in performance venue)



SCO Updates

2018 Festival of Christmas Joy Hosted by Johnson University Scruffy City Orchestra and the Vox Royale University Choir combined with the Tennessee Music Department Orchestra conducted by Ace Edewards What: Festival of Christmas Joy When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:00 p.m. Admission:  Free (if attending music festival only) Where: Johnson University Phillips-Welshimer Auditorium 7900 Johnson Dr., …

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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