The Chamber Orchestra was formed in 2000. Now in its 16th season, the MVCO serves Bismarck-Mandan and south central ND with music for the 25-30 piece chamber orchestra and ensembles of two to ten musicians. Though not currently under its auspices, Trio Apollo, a classical woodwind trio of oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, and Dakota Youth Symphony, now the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Youth Orchestra, had their origins with the MVCO.

In addition to guest artists from outside our region, the MVCO has collaborated with music faculty from the University of Mary, Bismarck State College, Minot State University and Dickinson State University. The MVCO has made music with Frog Holler String Band (a 5-piece swing and blues band), Inspiraré (a local adult vocal ensemble), Bismarck State College Poetry Workshop students, Central Dakota Children's Choir, the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Youth Orchestra, Bismarck High School jazz choir students, Northern Plains Dance, Capital Fencing Alliance, the University of Mary Steel Drum Band, BAGA visual artist Ali LaRock, and the Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus.

It’s easy to introduce a child to the delights of live music. The MVCO provides one free child admission with a paid adult or senior ticket.  Donations have made it possible for many students to benefit from performance experiences with the chamber orchestra or free concert tickets through their school music teachers or teachers at Pride Manchester House.

Adults and seniors have been introduced to new experiences in the arts through complimentary MVCO tickets to Burleigh County Senior Adults and Ronald McDonald House.

A variety of concert venues such as Bismarck State College, Trinity Lutheran Church, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, St. George's Episcopal Church, House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Faith Lutheran Church and the ND Heritage Center take orchestra music to many parts of our community.