ICOA’s first Commissioning and World Premiering will collaborate with the New York Philharmonic. The orchestra will participate in The New World Initiative in celebration of the NY Phil's 175th anniversary season. ICOA has invited Bruce Adolphe, renowned composer, along with James Rouvelle and Lili Maya, accomplished visual artists, to create a work inspired by Dvorak’s New World Symphony. The performance will take place in New York City in May 2017. These partnerships are representative of the greater organizational mission values of ICOA - collaboration, cultural exchange, and innovative performance.

In collaboration with Lanzhou City and Gansu Province government of China, the second Commissioning and World Premiering of ICOA takes inspiration from a precious piece of Asian culture — the arts of the Silk Road, and will present an immersive concert incorporating appreciation of sculpture, paintings and architecture. This integrative artistic journey rooted in Chinese culture connects to European values of total art, unifying influential cross-cultural values with today’s cutting edge artistic aesthetics. ICOA has been seeking breakthroughs in bridging the gaps between classical music and other forms of visual arts. This international collaboration marks a milestone in the orchestra’s recent efforts


Chamber Series

Chamber Music In the City is a free concert series dedicated to broadening the definition of the concert hall into intimate New York City venues such as rooftops, lounges, and other non-traditional concert spaces. Launched in the summer of 2016, Chamber Music In the City’s inaugural season is dedicated to bringing twenty free concerts to the public. ICOA invites world-class artists from the orchestral and chamber spheres, including the London Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Emerson String Quartet, Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, among others.

Education Program 

lCOA Young Artist program provides underserved communities and its children (ages 13-18) with professional orchestra training that aims at enhancing the artists’ musicianship and building extra-musical skills including effective collaboration, social awareness, and interpersonal communication.  Everyone receives scholarship and financial-aid. Instrumental sectionals will have a maximum of 10 students to allow for more individual attention (average teacher-student ratio is 1:8).