In 1983, a group of local musicians, led by Conductor Wayne Reinecke, made their dream a reality with the founding of Pasadena Community Orchestra. The original group of musicians and board members were volunteers who possessed energy, passion, and vision. The first rehearsal and performance venue was the Methodist Church of Pasadena. In 1987, PCO was invited to move their concerts to First Church of the Nazarene, Pasadena (PazNaz), where they continue to perform today.
Following the retirement of founder Wayne Reinecke, the orchestra appointed long-time PCO timpanist Alan Reinecke, in 2008. Building on the strong foundation established by his predecessor, Alan brought to the orchestra a clear vision for its future. With Alan’s departure in spring, 2013, PCO has selected Ms. Bethany Pflueger, an active flutist, conductor and educator in the southern California area. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue the tradition of excellence this orchestra has,” Pflueger told PCO musicians at her introduction last May. A longtime resident of Sierra Madre, Pflueger also relishes the chance to stimulate even more interest in the community to support live, local music.
PCO has grown to a full orchestra comprised of 60 to 70 members from the greater Pasadena area, who volunteer their time and talent to bring great music to the public free of charge. PCO musicians come from all walks of life; there are doctors, lawyers, teachers, artists, and photographers. A handful of the founding musicians continue to play in the orchestra, and founders Wayne and Sue Reinecke continue to be involved in an advisory capacity.
The organization continues its strong commitment to music education programming through the Young Artist Competition and the Concert in the Park, which takes place at the end of each season in Sierra Madre Memorial Park. PCO is supported by donations from individuals and companies, including grants from city and county agencies, which recognize the importance of continuing the great tradition of music in the community.