Artist: Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra
Petoskey, MI
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The mission of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra
is to produce live orchestral performances
providing entertainment, education and inspiration
for our Northern Michigan community.

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Matthew Hazelwood, performs concerts throughout the "Tip of the Mitt," Michigan's northern counties of the lower peninsula. While home offices are located in Petoskey, the chamber orchestra has performed concert pairs in venues from Mackinaw City to Kalkaska and Traverse City to Rogers City. During the 8th season the concerts are being given in Harbor Springs, Boyne City, Charlevoix, Indian River, East Jordan, and Petoskey.

Formed in 2000 initially to promote a developing local youth orchestra, the members realized that not only did they enjoy making music, the audiences were enthusiastically responding, and the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra was incorporated in 2001. The more than 32 core playing members come from the entire region, as far south as Cadillac, Traverse City to the west, and Alpena to the east. The GLCO includes retired professionals, community leaders, doctors, college faculty members, talented amateurs, and accomplished student musicians. The core is complimented by numerous additional members, eager to perform to satisfy the repertoire requirements.

Maestro Matthew Hazelwood, Music Director Emeritus of the Battle Creek Symphony, presently divides his conducting mastery between the GLCO and serving as Music Advisor and Principal Conductor for the Batuta National Youth Orchestra Program of Colombia, South America. He is also the principal Guest Conductor of the Heart of England Orchestra.

As Music Director, Hazelwood makes final decisions on projects while involving the orchestra players in the process. His passion for the preparation of a concert is evident when he explains "Every piece has its challenges and a big piece can take months to prepare. The intellectual part is the fun. Next comes the rehearsals and finally playing the actual music, - Concerts are kind of the icing on the cake."

Robert Pattengale, Volunteer Administrator of the GLCO, works closely with the Board of Trustees to assure that the administrative and financial operation of the orchestra is well maintained. He is assisted by the Orchestra Manager, Nancy Koski, and additional orchestral staff members. Pattengale has set high expectations for increasing visibility, membership, and artistic achievements.

For more information about the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra or about becoming a member, see the Orchestra's website

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