Dear Friends of the Durham Medical Orchestra,

“Mandinka Stool” by artist Blaise Kielar and “Chair-lo” by Edmund Daugherty—two of the works-in-progress chairs that will be displayed and auctioned at the March 5th.We so appreciate your interest in and support of the DMO, and want to be sure you know about a fun- and friend-raising event coming up very soon that we hope you will want to participate in. MUSICAL CHAIRS 2017 is an “artful fund raiser” to benefit the Durham Medical Orchestra and The Scrap Exchange, our partner in this project. Artists from all over the Triangle have created musically-themed chairs using primarily repurposed/recycled materials, which will be displayed, judged, and auctioned at our “Grand Finale” gala on Sunday, March 5th, 2017, at the Durham Arts Council Building, 120 Morris Street, 5-7 pm.  A panel of three judges will award first and second place cash prizes, and you will be able to submit your vote for a “People’s Choice” cash award, too.

Artist Toni Mason, owner of Sew Crafty in Durham, works on sanding her chair at the artist workday held at The Scrap Exchange on February 5th.Guests will hear live music played by two small ensembles of Durham Medical Orchestra musicians, have an opportunity to meet the participating artists, nosh on buffet items provided by Croasdaile Caterers, and taste red and white wines provided by Mutual Distributing Company.  In addition to the live auction of the truly unique and creative chairs, there will be a silent auction for a basket of goods/services provided by many of Durham’s generous merchants, including The Washington Duke Hotel, Craven Allen Gallery, Winmore Salon, and others!

Ellen Ciompi, President of the Board of The Scrap Exchange, our partner in the Musical Chairs fundraiser, cuts fabric for the seat of the “Chair-lo” (cello chair) created by woodcrafter Edmund Daugherty.Duke students decorate auction paddles on February 5th to be used for the March 5th Grand Finale auction.

We hope you will be able to join us on March 5th! Advance tickets ($25/person) are available now.

Musically yours,
Members of the Musical Chairs Committee
Ellen Ciompi, Bobbie Hardaker, Lindsay Lambe, Beth Palmer, Richard McCleery, Kathy Silbiger

See the DMO website or the Musical Chairs 2017 Facebook page for more information.

The Durham Medical Orchestra proudly announces our new affiliation with the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts of Duke University.  We are grateful for this support of our Duke community connection, which will help to reinforce the DMO mission:

We strive to unite health-related professionals, Duke University, and the surrounding community, through musical performance and collaboration, to foster health, wellness, and cultural enrichment of our audiences and members.


The Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts works to realize Duke’s strategic plan initiatives in the arts. These include developing and strengthening the arts at Duke; integrating them more fully into the academic, co‑curricular, and extra‑curricular life of the university; and promoting greater collaboration among arts organizations at Duke as well as with arts organizations in the community.

We are happy to announce that, after six seasons of tremendous growth and development, the Duke Medicine Orchestra has changed its name to the Durham Medical Orchestra. The name change reflects our widening partnerships with health professionals and colleagues in the greater Durham area and our increasing collaborations with our community outside of the Duke Health system. We will continue our mission to unite musicians and community at the intersection of music and health.  Under the artistic direction of Dr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, we will continue public performances in Baldwin Auditorium, at other campus events, and throughout the greater Durham community.

The Durham Medical Orchestra is composed primarily of health care professionals and graduate students in life science disciplines, as well as friends and family members who share our goals of musical excellence and outreach. We have over 100 members, and we welcome interested musicians and volunteers.  Please see our website or our Facebook page for details about the orchestra and our supporters in the Duke University community, in Durham, and across the Triangle, and to learn more about our mission and projects. If you are interested in participating or in supporting the DMO, please contact us directly through either of these sites.

We look forward to this new season as the Durham Medical Orchestra, and we invite all to attend our free public concert on December 11, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium on Duke’s East Campus.