Our Story

Kendall Square Orchestra is the product of friendship and passion for music set to the backdrop of life in the biopharmaceutical industry. 

Co-founders Kelly Clark and Elena Spencer hail from Michigan and met while working as bench scientists at Pfizer Ann Arbor in 2005. They were founding members of the Pfizer Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra, a group with the mission to connect Pfizer colleagues and support local charitable causes. This was their first evidence of the power of music to unite within the science and technology industry.

Over a decade later, after many changes in personal, professional (and geographic!) circumstances, Elena and Kelly found themselves living and working in the greater Boston area and reconnected again over music. Over a glass of wine one Friday evening in December 2017 they declared “We should start an Orchestra again!”
Now working in R&D operations at separate companies in Kendall Square, the obvious solution was that the Orchestra would exist to connect across all local science and technology companies.

Kelly and Elena’s vision came into focus when they met and hired conductor Kristo Kondakci in April 2018 and, with the generous support of founding sponsor Pfizer Kendall Square, assembled an administrative team to bring this vision to reality. 

K2O now brings together musicians from over 20 companies and 5 universities to collaborate, innovate and inspire through music while supporting causes in healthcare and STEM education for which we care deeply.