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About Us

Equity at the Forefront of Arts

The Driftless Urban Orchestra, or DUO, sees the value in everyone. We focus on featuring the music of historically underrecognized composers alongside the most prominent names in the profession. Since our beginnings in 2019, we’ve been driven by the ideas we initially founded our organization upon: support, equity, and progress in every facet of our organization from programming to board makeup.

DUO emerged from a desire to shift the narrative surrounding the glaring issues of equity in the performing arts space, as well as inspire, educate, and support the community while exposing listeners to new, exciting sounds that reflect the rich diversity of our own community.


DUO is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization. EIN: 84-4650524

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Mission  Vision  Values

Mission: To serve as a premier chamber ensemble in the Driftless Region that promotes diversity and equyity in the performing arts through programming, and eliminates barriers to classical music through community engagement and arts education

Vision: To be the regional standard=bearer for both artistic excellence in chamber music and equitable practices in the performing arts

Values: Artistry, Equity, Innovation, and Accessibility

Meet The Board

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Winona State and Viterbo Universities

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Expanding Hope Counseling

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Winona State University

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Professional Musician

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Viterbo University

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Lee Elliott

Professional Musician

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