OCO will begin String-Only in-person rehearsals on Friday, Feb 4, 2022. Members please go to our Current Season page for more info, registration information, and download the music.

 Join Us!

 ​We rehearse 

Friday mornings

 9:30am until noon

at  Leona Lodge,

4444 Mountain Blvd., Oakland.

There is now an activity fee for musicians to participate in the orchestra and no audition is required.

Please email our conductor about openings and for additional information





The Oakland Community Orchestra started when a handful of people, playing an odd assortment of instruments, began playing together in a music program offered by the City of Oakland Parks and Recreation Department in the early 1960’s.

As one of the Bay Area's only volunteer, daytime orchestras, the Oakland Community Orchestra provides the opportunity for seniors and others to fulfill their passion for music without having to drive at night. Our musicians, now grown to more that fifty in number, vary in age and experience, but our love of orchestral
music is what brings us together.

The orchestra is currently under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Sue Crum. For 50 years, from 1964 until 2014, the Oakland Community Orchestra was led by Music Director Gil Gleason. Mr. Gleason was instrumental in growing the Oakland Community Orchestra into a full symphonic orchestra.

With continued sponsorship by the City of Oakland Parks and Recreation Department, the Oakland Community Orchestra performs free concerts for elementary school students in the Oakland Public Schools and seniors at the City of Oakland Senior Centers.