About Us

The Center City Chamber Orchestra (CCCO) was founded in 2018 with the goal of uniting a diverse group of student musicians in the Philadelphia area. The organization is comprised of young musicians from both a performance and management standpoint. CCCO fosters an environment of professionalism, independence, teamwork, and innovation through the medium of chamber music and orchestral repertoire. Administrators gain valuable perspectives on personnel operation, such as learning fundraising, marketing, and planning rehearsals and concerts. CCCO has performed at various venues throughout Philadelphia such as The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Trinity Memorial Church, and Settlement Music School.

Members have graduated from ensembles such as Philadelphia Youth Ochestra, 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, Musicopia, Delaware County Youth Orchestra, and Temple University Community Music Scholars Program, in addition to programs such as Project 440, the Philadelphia Orchestra Fellowship, Settlement Music School, The Primavera Fund, and Play on, Philly!

Additionally, members of the CCCO come from institutions of higher learning, including:

The University of the Arts
Bard College and Conservatory
Boston University
Cairn University
University of California, Berkeley
Carnegie Mellon University
The University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cornell University
Curtis Institute of Music
University of Delaware
DePaul University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
University of Hartford
Harvard University
Indiana University, Bloomington
Kutztown University
Manhattan School of Music
Mannes School of Music of The New School
University of Maryland
University of Minnesota, Duluth
New England Conservatory
The College of New Jersey
Norges Musikkhøgskole (Norway)
Northwestern University
Oberlin College and Conservatory
Universidade Estadual Paulista (Brazil)
The University of Pennsylvania
Rowan University
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Temple University
Royal College of Music in London
University of Tampa
The University of Texas at Austin
Yale University

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 classical musicians, striving to supplement the already rich education of its members.

Vision Statement

The Center City Chamber Orchestra intends to become a keystone organization in Philadelphia, training creative, entrepreneurial classical musicians.


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


  • Davey Hiester, President*
  • Zebadiah Coombs, Vice President*
  • David Ortiz, Secretary & Treasurer*
  • Olivia Hiester, Creative Design Director & Personnel Manager*
  • Ehren Valmé, Strategic Director

* Indicates Executive Board Member