About Us

The Center City Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2018 with the goal of uniting a diverse group of student musicians in the Philadelphia area. Our members vary in age from underclassmen in high school to graduate students. Members come from Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, National Youth Orchestra, Philadelphia All-City Orchestra, Philadelphia Sinfonia, Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Youth Orchestra of Bucks County, Bravo Brass, Temple University Music Prep, Delaware County Youth Orchestra, and Temple University Community Music Scholars Program.

Additionally, members of the CCCO come from institutions of higher learning such as the Curtis Institute of Music, Temple University, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of the Arts, Rowan University, The College of New Jersey, Cairn University, The University of Delaware, Kutztown University, Mannes School of Music, The University of Maryland, Yale University, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, The Cleveland Institute of Music, The University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, DePaul University, Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, The University of Minnesota at Duluth, The University of Tampa, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, The University of Texas at Austin, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Royal College of Music in London, and Norges Musikkhøgskole in Norway.

Mission Statement

The Center City Chamber Orchestra (CCCO) is an autonomous student/pre-professional chamber orchestra designed to give its members key career skills that are seldom taught to young classical musicians. CCCO fosters an environment of professionalism, independence, teamwork, and innovation through the medium of chamber music and orchestral repertoire. Board members gain valuable perspectives on personnel operation and administration, such as learning to plan rehearsals, concerts, fundraising, and marketing. CCCO strives to supplement the already rich education of its members to foster a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial classical musicians.


  • Davey Hiester, Music Director
  • Oleksandr Kashlyuk, Associate Conductor
  • Immanuel Mykyta-Chomsky, Assistant Conductor

Executive Board

  • Davey Hiester, President
  • Zebadiah Coombs, Vice President
  • David Ortiz, Secretary and Treasurer