Nowhere in the world is there a more comprehensive assemblage of resources for the orchestral conductor than with CODA! With extraordinary ideas and insights on a wide range of relevant topics, CODA Members now have the tools to succeed anywhere!


As the most comprehensive organization for college and university orchestra directors, CODA is dedicated to advancing the art of live symphonic music. CODA initiatives are an important tool to reach across boundaries and connect with other disciplines and cultures.


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CODA, founded only a decade ago by a small group of dedicated conductors, has become an important resource for more than 300 members in 41 U.S. states and across the globe. Learn who we are, where we came from, and where we are going in About.


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What is CODA? CODA is the world’s largest professional association of collegiate orchestra directors, with members from all over the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and New Zealand. CODA champions the art of conducting, teaching and performing orchestral music and strives to encourage and support the artistic, professional and personal growth of college orchestra directors and their students.

Who are CODA members? Members hail from every type of higher institution, including large universities, conservatories, down to small liberal arts schools. We have members from community colleges, and youth orchestras, as well as graduate students interested in making their mark on academia.  

What does CODA membership get me? By joining CODA, you enter into a community of conductors dedicated to advancing the profession and to supporting colleagues. Membership is good for one year, and can easily be renewed. For your membership, you receive:

  • Access to the superb CODA website, which includes some of the most comprehensive resources in the world for conductors, including bowing library, repertoire lists, guest conductor lists, technology in the classroom, and much more!
  • Mentor Program - needing help with your career? Our list of CODA mentors are ready to help!
  • Research - get access to our incredible orchestral research, including our website tools, our CODA magazine, and our new Library of Congress research project!
  • Listserv - get access to our communications listserv, whereby members routinely pose questions pertinent to their jobs and receive immediate help. Members also can get that missing trumpet part in minutes from across the country!
  • Conference - our annual national conference has become industry-known for its effective and relevant sessions, great performances, and its low costs. While other conferences costs several hundred dollars, CODA keeps to its philosophy of making the annual event affordable!
  • Friendships - Finally, CODA membership gives you a circle of comrades that are like-minded and supportive. You will become part of a network of the best in the profession!


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