While the group first began as a twelve-member ensemble in a multi-use basement, the orchestra’s membership has tremendously grown and diversified in the last decade. CCO currently serves more than 80 active members in varying degree levels and fields of study, ranging from graduate bassoon performance to undergraduate computational neuroscience. Since the elimination of the university-sponsored non-music-major orchestra in 2016, CCO has played an even greater role in providing meaningful opportunities for USC’s student body. This organization offers rare opportunities in orchestral management, conducting, solo concerto performances, and artistic leadership–which benefit students pursuing careers in music.
70% of our members are non-music majors who wish to continue making music while pursuing other professional interests. CCO serves the USC community as an all-inclusive platform to promote and support rewarding musical, professional, and social experiences.