The fun keeps rolling. For kicks last year, ROCO introduced a brass band that conducted pop-up appearances throughout the pandemic.
The organization does more than just play great music...it takes music beyond the stage and puts it out to the community. For example, ROCO is in partnership with places like Buffalo Bayou, Texas Children's Hospital, the Menninger Clinic, Texas Southern University and the Holocaust Museum Houston to provide free music to any and all. That's just the short list of who all ROCO works with.
If that isn't enough, in a recent study from the Institute for Composer Diversity — an organization that advocates for diversity and inclusion in music — ROCO placed No. 1 in the country for performing the works of women and No. 2 for the works of composers of color. Founder Alecia Lawyer says this type of dynamic programming is not by design. Rather, it is simply the natural result when in conversation with living composers who are producing quality music.