Calendar of Events


Mar 19: Concert

2pm @ The Brandt Retirement Community
6991 S 178th Plz, Omaha

April 30: Pops & Pie

3pm @ Jewish Community Center
333 S 132nd St, Omaha


Sunday Rehearsal, Mar 12

2-5PM @ First Christian Church
6630 Dodge St, Omaha

Sunday Rehearsal, Apr 16

2-5PM @ First Christian Church
6630 Dodge St, Omaha

Sunday Rehearsal, Apr 23

2-5PM @ TBA


Auditions for the 2023/24 season will be held in May 2023 using both in-person and virtual formats. To sign up for auditions, please fill out the linked audition application, and then contact our conductor, Mark Benson, at to arrange for an audition.

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The Orchestra is available for performances September through May 1.

For more information on bookings, please call our Project Director, Chris Gillette, at (402)444-6536, ext. 1021, or e-mail her at

If you would like to sponsor a concert please contact Chris Gillette at

Staff Members

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Chris Gillette

Chris Gillette began her work as project director of the Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha in 1985

Chris Gillette

Chris and a former co-worker, Cora Lee Bell, formed the Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha in the spring of 1985

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Kristine Hendrickson

Kristine Hendrickson has been the Assistant Project Director of the Intergeneration Orchestra since 2014

Kristine Hendrickson

Kristine's husband is a member of IGO and two of their children were members prior to heading off to college. Kristine has lived in Nebraska since 1997. During that time their family enjoyed participating in church music as well as local choral and instrumental groups

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Mark Benson

Mark brings to IGO 29 years of experience in the Bellevue Public Schools. Mark is a member of the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra and the Lincoln Municipal Band. Mark has also been a freelance musician, composer/arranger and private instructor since 1979.

Mark Benson

Mark has performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, The Temptations, the Omaha and Lincoln Symphonies and many other local groups and traveling shows. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band and Paul Shaffer among others.

About IGO

The rose and the bud on our logo symbolize the concept of The Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha. The rose in full bloom signifies the lifetime of experience our older musicians bring to the group, while the rosebud represents the emerging talents of our younger artists.

Chris Gillette, our project director, and a former co-worker, Cora Lee Bell, formed the Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha in the spring of 1985. Funded in 1985 through a grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation, with sponsorship of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, the Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha brings together performing artists of two eras, joined through the universal language of music. Musicians may audition if they are either age 50 and older or age 25 and younger. There are no minimum or maximum age restrictions in the ensemble.

The Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha is funded entirely through grants, donations, memberships, fundraisers and performance fees. The ENOA also contributes a variety of in-kind services to assist with the administration of the group. The Orchestra is run by a Board of Directors, which includes two elected younger and two elected older Orchestra musicians.

Concert Season

The Orchestra's concert season runs from September through May 1, with a schedule of 7 or 8 concerts. Performances are given for senior and retiree groups, at nursing homes, private events, conferences and schools. Community-wide events include the annual spring "Pops & Pie" fundraiser concert at area performing arts venues.

IGO Founding Conductor and Music Director

Chuck Penington began piano lessons at age 6 and composed his first piece of music a year later. He performed with musical legends such as Tom Jones, Henry Mancini, Wayne Newton and Engelbert Humperdinck. Chuck was the featured keyboard artist and conductor for the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour. IGO was blessed with thirty four seasons of auditions, compositions, 305 concerts, recording sessions, tours to Washington DC, for a performance on the lawn of the White House, Dallas, Pittsburgh, South Dakota, and Kansas City. IGO’s Founding Conductor and Music Director Chuck Penington passed away in November 2018.