Connect + Inspire + Create
The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association was founded in 2005 with the mission of bringing outstanding performances to the Gorge. We've grown from one ensemble to many, but our goal remains the same. First, we want to connect musicians to each other, and diverse audiences to our music. Second, we want both our performers and our audiences to be inspired...before, during and after performances. Last, we want to create amazing musical experiences for our audiences and allow our performers the chance to make creative contributions to their ensembles.
The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association was founded in 2005. Beginning with the Gorge Sinfonietta (which began in 1979), CGOA has grown to include a number of ensembles, covering a wide variety of genres. Since its inception, CGOA has embarked on a program of artistic growth, increasingly high standards of performance, and exceptional, innovative programming, including world premieres and collaborations with local, regional, and nationally recognized artists, including Storm Large, the Vienna Boys Choir, Sam Baker, Tish Hinojosa, Tom Grant, David Wilcox, Stephen Seifert, Blair Tindall and Aaron Meyer, just to name a few.
CGOA takes pride in, and draws energy from, a large and supportive community of volunteers, amateur and professional musicians, audience members, supporters, donors, grantors, and members. CGOA is firmly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion as fundamental to its organization, strategic vision, outreach and programming.
CGOA's Board of Directors consists of ensemble participants and gifted community members with a passion for the performing arts and the wealth of opportunities, outstanding experiences, and strength that CGOA helps bring to the Gorge.
CGOA always welcomes new performers, volunteers, committee members and potential Board members. If you want to get involved, we promise to find you a way!
Our mission: CGOA provides exceptional performing arts for the cultural enrichment, learning, engagement and enjoyment of diverse audiences and participants.
CGOA Board and Staff 2023-24
Lori Golze, President Alison Hodges, Treasurer Erica Roulier, Secretary
Hugh Amick Jennifer Harty Fran Finney Nancy Merz
Lindsey Mittendorf Lori Russell Elaine Thompson
Mark Steighner, conductor, Gorge Sinfonietta Dan Kenealy, conductor, Voci Community Choir
Michael Paul, director, Jazz Collective Big Band Emily Vawter, Stages
Suzanne Trickey, Executive Assistant Maureen Lauran, Graphic Designer
Lindsey Mittendorf, Stage Manager Cindy Allen, Bookkeeper Johanna Roe, Grant Writer