About the NCO


In Fall of 2012, Elias Salazar realized that there was a great need for a community-wide orchestra for college-aged musicians in Middle TN.  He gauged musicians’ interest in the Spring and decided to launch the Nashville Collegiate Orchestra in the Summer of 2013.  The NCO is currently made up of over 50 musicians from universities all around Middle Tennessee.

The NCO was founded to

  • Provide current or recent university students from the Middle Tennessee area the opportunities to perform with their colleagues in exciting professional settings
  • Provide the surrounding communities with concerts featuring well-known masterpieces as well as more recent, lesser-known works
  • Provide young local composers opportunities to hear their orchestral projects while receiving live feedback from the musicians
  • Provide associate and guest conducting opportunities for young college-aged conductors
  • Collaborate with other community organizations to bring art to people’s lives.

The NCO is dedicated to networking professional collegiate orchestra musicians from Middle TN, to prepare quality concerts for the community and to provide reading, feedback, and performance opportunities for young local composers.