OCO Music Director

Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra Music Director, Roberta Carpenter, comes to the OCO with a broad background of conducting experience, violin performance expertise, years of teaching and music education outreach, and above all, a passion for music!

You’re invited to discover excellent performances, innovative programming and vibrant musical commissions, the world of instrument making, Oconomowoc Art &  Music History in the OCO Chatfield Award Tribute videos hosted by Ms. Carpenter, and can look for Ms. Carpenter on the podium for OCO Concerts. Most recently, Mr. Carpenter was awarded the 2021 OCO Chatfield Award, for her vision and outreach with the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra and lifetime of musical presence for the community. 

She enjoys collaborating with other ensembles and organizations to bring vital and inspiring repertoire and vision to the OCO. Her background in Symphonic, Chamber and Choral/Orchestral conducting, and musical styles ranging from early music to Pop to Classic and Contemporary, enables Ms. Carpenter to source many types of music. She is fond of working with contemporary composers (Crawford Gates, Jacob Beranek, Sigmund Snopek, Brian W. Grundstrom and David Bohn) to realize musical visions. 

Ms. Carpenter along with Sound Mirror’s Blanton Alspaugh (Sound Engineering), Sean Kafer, Josh Wolf and Kyra Arendt & Max Anisimov (Videographers) and Stuart Oliver, Tom Truebenbach, (Photographers) worked together to bring the best music and images of the Lake Country area together in tour-de-force CD & DVD recordings of the OCO’s Concert recordings. The Debut Concert recording was awarded 3rd place in the American Prize Awards for Recordings in the Arts in 2012 – Orchestras – Professional Division.

More information about Roberta Carpenter is available at:

You can hear many of Ms. Carpenter’s recordings, as a violinist, conductor and host, on YouTube.com
Click Here for the link to many her YouTube recordings