About the Community Chamber Orchestra

Learn more about our Director, Dr. Anne Clark, and the journey she followed to create our one-of-a-kind
Orchestra through Spotlight Radio's October 25, 2012 interview

Dr. Anne Clark has been awarded the Marquis Who's Who 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in Music, which is awarded to less than 5% of the registry's listings in the music category.

Part of the Orchestra's mission is to encourage the playing of string instruments violin, viola, cello, and bass. Here is a short collage of our July 29, 2022 free children's mini-lessons at Clay Center Carnegie Library. Each child was able to try out a small instrument with guidance from one of our musicians.


Here are photos of our free mini-concert and mini-lessons at the Clay Ceneter Carnegie Children's Library on July 29, 2022


Serenading Residents and Staff of Wakefield Rehab and Care Home during their lunch on Sept. 24, 2021.
(photos by Laruisa Condray)

It was a lot of fun adding new sounds in the "Nashville" Thanksgiving country music concert Nov. 22, 2020, with guest artist Dennis Holland, banjo, and our talented cellist Diane Hayes playing her electric bass.


Linda Shaw of Juneau Alaska captured our musicians during the St. Patrick's Day Concert on March 15, 2020 in Morganville School.

What is unique about the Community Chamber Orchestra?

1. It is an LLC employing youth through adults to perform live chamber orchestra music in North Central Kansas.

2. The musicians perform without a conductor. You can see our Director, Dr. Anne Clark, performing her cello on YouTube under Dr. Anne Clark, cello. Dr. Clark is recipient of the Marquis Who's Who 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in Music.

3. The Community Chamber Orchestra is a sponsored project of Fractured AtlasFractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Community Chamber Orchestra must be made payable to "Fractured Atlas" and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

4. Contributions by individuals, organizations, and businesses have built the Orchestra. For more information on being a sponsor of the Community Chamber Orchestra, contact Dr. Anne Clark at 454 23rd Rd., Morganville, KS 67468-9117, (785) 926-4725, or baclark@twinvalley.net.

5. The Orchestra offers a unique chamber orchestra experience. It draws from rural, small town, and large city populations of North Central Kansas. It is intergenerational, in that senior citizens, young adults, and youth all play together.

Grammy-award winning cellist and composer Akua Dixon shared her jazz compositions in a concert May 27, 2011 on Morganville's historic outdoor stage.
6. The Orchestra features soloists who are both professional musicians and high school students. This brings high quality performances to an underserved area of North Central Kansas, and gives aspiring musicians opportunities for concert experience as soloists.

7. The Orchestra has completed a unique 2-year project, "Agriculture and the Arts," which celebrates our Kansas agriculture through music and photography. See our sidebar for presentations of 35 framed original photographs which are in the permanent community exhibit created through this unusual project, as well as the AgriTalk Radio interview about its history.
8. The Orchestra has completed production of a copyrighted historical 2-CD set, "Music of the Kansas Pioneers," containing pioneer music of the 1800's and early 1900's which was recorded live in its 2001 "Pioneers of Bloom Township in the 1880's" concert and in its 2006 "Letters From Morganville" concert.  50 of these CD sets have been distributed free of charge to North Central public and school libraries. For more information and the lyrics, see the CD section on the left.