The Starling Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is a twenty-five member string ensemble of top players from the Cincinnati Starling Project. Founded by Kurt Sassmannshaus in 1987, the SCO offers unprecedented opportunities for young artists to perform as soloists, tour internationally, and make recordings. These young virtuosi have attracted widespread attention, including feature articles in The Washington Post and The New York Times. The orchestra has been featured on “From the Top,” “Performance Today” and on Robert Sherman’s “Young Artists Showcase” program in New York. The SCO maintains a busy touring and recording schedule. Since 1992, the orchestra has performed frequently at the Aspen Music Festival and has toured Europe, Korea, Russia, and the People’s Republic of China and at Lincoln and Kennedy Centers. In June 2016 the Starling Chamber Orchestra toured Southern China. In Cincinnati, the orchestra performs an annual series of concerts at the College-Conservatory of Music.