Dr. Mielke is an avid traveler, camper, nature enthusiast, and tenor with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans since 1997.
Symphony Chorus of New Orleans (SCNO) is an all-volunteer chorus that has provided superlative choral music to the greater New Orleans area for more than 35 years. Each member brings considerable talent, knowledge of choral music, and a true commitment and love of choral music and its continuing presence in New Orleans.
Many of their performances are free, but donations are always welcome. For those performances that require tickets, you can purchase them online here. We welcome groups to our performances and we can even arrange a personalized performance for your organization!
The award-winning Symphony Chorus of New Orleans (SCNO) is a 501(c)3 organization, specializing in the performance of choral-orchestral works. Under the direction of Steven Edwards, the 100-member all volunteer community-wide chorus performs numerous concerts each year. Over the past 35 years, the chorus has collaborated with the New Orleans Symphony, The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as producing concerts on its own. Symphony Chorus (then, known as New Orleans Symphony Chorus) was founded in 1981 by Larry Wyatt under the auspices of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. When the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra ceased operations in 1991 and re-emerged as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chorus reorganized as an entity separate from the orchestra and became known as Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. Today, SCNO functions as a fully independent organization. A community-based volunteer Board of Directors governs all operations of the Chorus. The Chorus consists of approximately 100 volunteer singers who must pass a comprehensive audition. All singers have considerable experience in choral music and many of them hold professional positions with other choruses and church choirs. All singers commit to weekly rehearsals throughout the season, plus additional time commitments during performance weeks. Funding is received from public sources, foundations, corporations and individual support.