Established in November 2000, Texas Medical Center Orchestra is one of very few community orchestras in the United States and the world with its origin in the health professions. It includes physicians, dentists, nurses, medical students, biomedical scientists, social workers and other allied health professionals who have a dedication to music that goes beyond their daily occupations.
The mission of the orchestra is to provide a fellowship in both music and medicine for its members, to contribute culturally to the community and to help raise funds for medical and other local charities through its concerts.
Organizations which have received contributions are: The University of Texas Medical School for heart research; The Ben Taub BOOKS programs; The H.O.M.E.S Clinic; Making a Mark Art Program at Texas Children’s Hospital; HISD’s DeBakey High School for Health Professions; Eye Care for Kids Foundation; The Greater Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross; The National Space Biomedical Research Institute; San Jose Clinic; Haddassah; and The Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation.
Texas Medical Center Orchestra is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, The Houston Endowment, The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation and The Bridgeway Charitable Foundation.