About Seattle Rock Orchestra
photo by Jason Tang
Seattle Rock Orchestra doesn't hide behind a rock band ... it is the rock band! SRO utilizes strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and rotating cast of exciting guest vocalists to deliver tribute shows unlike any other. Each SRO show juxtaposes a dynamic plethora of possibilities: the infectious energy of a dance party with a classy night out at the symphony; searing rock solos with intimate orchestral moments of staggering beauty; fan favorite sing-alongs with lesser known 'deep cuts,' all combining to create a fun yet profoundly moving night out that honors the featured artist's lasting legacy.
SRO was founded in 2008 by bassist and composer Scott Teske. In the years since, SRO has racked up an impressive resume that includes collaborations with the likes of Elvis Costello, Macklemore, DeVotchKa, Jeremy Enigk, Damien Jurado, D.R.A.M, Jesse Sykes, Rosie Thomas, Allen Stone, Jason Webley, Sir Mix-a-Lot, and members of Big Star, The Posies, R.E.M., Harvey Danger, The Long Winters, Vendetta Red, Nada Surf & Pearl Jam), on stages across Washington State, including Seattle's Paramount, Moore & Neptune Theatres, Sasquatch Music Festival, Summer Meltdown Festival, and Timber Outdoor Music Festival.
In 2012, SRO began its expansion into a full-fledged arts organization with the introduction of the Seattle Rock Orchestra Summer Intensive, a week long summer day camp for middle & high school musicians, which now hosts two sessions each summer at Seattle's Moore Theatre and at Kirkland Performance Center. Other SRO programs include
Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet, SRO's elite chamber ensemble, Seattle Rock Orchestra Social Club, a volunteer adult amatuer community orchestra, and Seattle Rock Orchestra Street Band, a New Orleans-style brass band and mobile party unit.
In addition to its acclaimed public performances, Seattle Rock Orchestra (and its variants) are available to add a touch of magic to weddings, corporate & private parties, galas, openings, and other special events.
Seattle Rock Orchestra believes in the power of music and the arts to heal, nourish, inspire and invigorate. SRO is committed to producing experiences that entertain, educate, and foster community, while continuing the performance and study of orchestral music as a vibrant and vital art form.
Seattle Rock Orchestra is an Associated Program of Shunpike.
Shunpike is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art service organization whose mission is to strengthen the Seattle arts community by partnering with small and mid-size arts groups to develop the business tools they need to succeed. Working in close partnership with these groups, Shunpike helps solve problems quickly and impart vital skills in finance, organizational management and arts administration.