Seattle Rock Orchestra (SRO) was born out of the desire to marry the unabashed performance energy of rock ‘n ‘roll with the broader palette of musical nuances treasured in classical music. Founded by bassist & composer Scott Teske, SRO is a 50+ piece orchestra with strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, choir and a rotating cast of guest vocalists.
SRO started in 2008, performing their first show as a 13-piece string orchestra. As word of the ensemble and its mission spread, the size of the group and the profile of the performances matured rapidly, leading within months to high-profile collaborations with Jeremy Enigk, Damien Jurado, Jesse Sykes and Rosie Thomas.
SRO continued to develop its reputation for high quality, high energy shows over its next few seasons with tributes to Stevie Wonder, Muse, Led Zeppelin, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pink Floyd, as well as the introduction of their annual Mother’s Day weekend Beatles’ shows, ‘New Works’ & ‘Chamber Rock’ shows, and performances with DeVotchKa, Allen Stone and The Lonely Forest.
2009 brought the orchestra to center stage with its sold out re-imagining of Arcade Fire’s Funeral, followed by a move to the Moore Theatre for their 2010-2011 season for tributes to David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Radiohead and Queen, as well as performances at Sasquatch Music Festival in both 2010 and 2011.
In 2012 SRO launched the Seattle Rock Orchestra Summer Intensive, a week long summer day camp for middle & high school musicians. In 2012 also SRO contributed strings to the song on Mackelmore’s 2012 album, and released its own debut EP in 2013 featuring songs by Radiohead, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder and Beck.
Now a 50+ piece orchestra with strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, choir and a rotating cast of guest vocalists, SRO is embarking on its fourth full season of programming.
Seattle Rock Orchestra is dedicated to creating performances that are spectacular, fun, educational, and of exceptional quality. SRO celebrates and perpetuates the orchestral tradition while exploring the rich history of rock and pop music; presents new works by emerging artists; engages in collaborations across genres and artistic disciplines; and offers exciting educational programs for youth.