to music and community
The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra was founded in August 2015 by composer/conductor Chris Whittaker, violinist Amos Fayette, and Jacob Kallman to serve the communities of Washington Heights and Upper Manhattan. We envision an affordable, outstanding neighborhood concert experience where new listeners and seasoned concert-goers alike feel welcomed and inspired.
Over the past four years, the WHCO has produced an average of ten concerts per year plus special events. From chamber music, solo recitals, jazz, dance, to orchestra concerts, WHCO strives to be a place that connects great art across genres and cultures and reconnects people in community. We hope to create an experience that celebrates diversity, inspires civic engagement, and enriches your life. We want you to fall in love with our music and be inspired by the positive energy that makes it possible.
The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra is comprised of local, professional musicians who make uptown their home. While most of our audience consists of neighborhood residents, WHCO attracts listeners from all over the city and New Jersey, and has helped to generate new economic activity in the Heights. Among other outlets, we have been listed in the New York Times’ "Today," TimeOut NY's “Critics Pick,” and Gothamist's "Best Things to Do in NYC this Weekend." Our programming has been hailed as “consistently fresh.” We regularly collaborate with other local arts organizations, and in its short life WHCO has become a welcome addition to uptown’s cultural life.