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:

2019 SCO Concerto Competition Winners

We are happy to announce the winners of the 2019 Scruffy City Orchestra Concerto Competition!

In our Youth category (grades 1-12), Miss Ellie Smith, a 9th grade cellist from Maryville High School, won with her solo of Faure’s “Elegie”.

Ellie is currently in the 9th grade at Maryville Junior High School in Maryville, TN. She has been playing the cello for 5 years and throughout that time has taken private cello lessons and been a part of the orchestra program in her school. She has studied with Jeanine Wilkinson, her current private lesson teacher,  since her first year of playing.

Ellie has participated in many orchestral events such as the East TN Junior Orchestra Clinic, the TN Cello Workshop, the East TN Senior Orchestra Clinic, and will attend the TN All-State Band and Orchestra Clinic in Nashville this year. Along with this, she is the co-principal cellist in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Ellie plans to continue to play the cello throughout high school and college and is looking forward to new opportunities that allow her to share music with others.

In the Adult category (post-high school to age 25), the winner is Miss Kristen Barrett, a violinist in the Music Department at UT, with her solo of Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole” (1st Movement).

Kristen Barrett began studying the violin at the age of three with her parents Timothy and Kimberly Barrett at the Academy of Strings in Johnson City, TN. She has also studied with Dr. David Kovac at ETSU.

Ms. Barrett has performed with several orchestras and chamber ensembles including the ETSU Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra, Milligan College Orchestra, the UT Symphony Orchestra, and the UT Chamber Orchestra. In 2017, she was a soloist with the ETSU Chamber Orchestra, performed with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony of the Mountains Orchestras several times as a 15-year member of the “Ambassador Strings” at the Academy of Strings. Additionally, she has received special invitations to participate in elite masterclasses and honors recitals, a special guest artist recital with violinist Itzhak Perlman, and an annual music festival with Suzuki Teacher Trainer Linda Fiore.

In 2016, Kristen won the 1st place award and scholarship with the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra division, received an “Award of Excellence”; from the Academy of Strings (2018) and was a finalist in the University of Tennessee’s Concerto Competition (2019). Ms. Barrett is currently a freshman at the University of Tennessee pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance under the direction of Dr. Miroslav Hristov. She enjoys teaching and working with young children and running in her spare time.

Congratulations to these fine musicians, and many thanks to the other competitors. We look forward to accompanying both winners during our May concerts!

Photo credit: Ellie Smith courtesy of J. Davis Photography

2018 Festival of Christmas Joy

Hosted by Johnson University
Scruffy City Orchestra and the Vox Royale University Choir
(Orchestra conducted by Ace Edewards)

What: Festival of Christmas Joy
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Johnson University
Phillips-Welshimer Auditorium
7900 Johnson Dr., Knoxville, TN
Admission Free (if attending music festival only)

Nov. 10, 2018
First Concert at Sacred Heart Cathedral

SCO’s first concert in the Cathedral Concert Series on November 9, 2018 was a tremendous success. Led by conductor Ace Edewards, the orchestra played to a packed house in the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Northshore Drive in Knoxville. The concert theme was “Colors of the Orchestra” and included A Somerset Rhapsody (Holst); Romanian Rhapsody No. 2 (Enesco); Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien  Overture (von Suppe); Mazeppa Overture (Tchaikovsky); Petite Suite (Debussy); Fanderole from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 (Bizet); and a special treat: the premier performance of Good Morning, Moon by local composer Vicki Nguyen.

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

Scruffy City Orchestra, 2018

Oct. 15, 2018
Scruffy City Orchestra Joins Cathedral Concert Series

Scruffy City Orchestra is excited to announce that as of November, 2018, they are joining the prestigious Cathedral Concert Series, a program of the Diocese of Knoxville Music Commission. This program makes free or low-cost sacred and classical music ensembles available to the East Tennessee community in an effort to support the arts and grow appreciation for sacred music.

The Cathedral Concert Series includes such notable ensembles as the Tennessee Wind Symphony, the Knoxville Handel Society and the Knoxville Opera, among many others. Scruffy City Orchestra is proud and humbled to be the sole orchestra invited to participate.

The orchestra’s first concert with the Cathedral Concert Series is the premiere performance of “Colors of the Orchestra” conducted by Ace Edewards on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at 711 S. Northshore Drive in Knoxville. Admission is free (donations welcome, with 10% being returned to the Sacred Heart Youth Orchestra).

SCO will perform a free encore performance of “Colors of the Orchestra” at Johnson University’s Phillips-Welshimer Auditorium on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

July, 2018
Ace Edewards Named Host of “Afternoon Concert”

As of July, 2018, SCO Conductor Ace Edewards is the Host of the “Afternoon Concert” on WUOT 91.9 FM, Knoxville!

SCO Conductor Ace Edewards

SCO Conductor Ace Edewards placed 2nd in The American Prize in Conducting—community opera division! 

The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.