Auditions – Join KCCO for Our 60th Season!

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A great organization, a fantastic group of musicians, and the rewarding experience of making high quality orchestral music accessible to the KC metro area.

Kansas City Civic Orchestra is seeking talented musicians to join us for our 2018-2019 season. This will be our 60th consecutive season as an all volunteer orchestra providing high quality music – as well as educational outreach events – to the Kansas City area.

Please visit the links below for more information about our open positions and our audition requirements. To register to audition, please complete the form. The first priority deadline to register is August 1, 2018.

 

Concertmaster Position

Principal Cello Position

General Auditions

If you would like to join the orchestra, please fill out and submit this form (all fields must be completed):

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Current Season

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Just a couple months before our 60th season kicks off, and we can’t wait! Below is the season schedule. Be sure to save the dates in your calendar!

American Fanfare
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:30pm

Pre-Concert Talk, 6:45pm
Atonement Lutheran Church 

Heroes and Villains
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Saturday*, November 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm
* preceded by Instrument Petting Zoo at 1:00 pm
Atonement Lutheran Church

Sounds of the Season
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Atonement Lutheran Church

Legend, Lyricism, and Ludwig
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Pre-Concert Talk, 6:45pm
Atonement Lutheran Church

60th Year Extravaganza
Saturday, May 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

All concerts at Atonement Lutheran Church are free with no tickets required. Please check back for ticket information for our 60th Year Extravaganza concert at Helzberg Hall.

 

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Musician Spotlight – Carol Chatelain, Violin

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Saturday June 9th marked an incredibly sad day for us at KCCO. We lost our dear friend and concertmaster of 43 years, Carol Chatelain.

Carol loved the orchestra and was an inspiration to so many of us. We were truly fortunate to have had her among us for so many years, and we will miss her terribly. 

In the words of our Music Director, Chris Kelts,​ “May the memory of Carol Chatelain be a blessing.”


Carol Chatelain has been a member of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra since 1972 and has served as its concertmaster since 1975. She has also been a member of the orchestra’s board for more than 30 years.

A native of Lewis, Kan., Chatelain is a graduate of Kansas University, where she received bachelor’s degrees in violin performance and music education, and a master’s degree in music education. She taught music in public schools for 31 years, retiring from the Shawnee Mission school district in 1994. Chatelain’s other musical activities include playing with the Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra and the Harvest String Quartet, with which she has played for over 30 years. She has also been a member of the Overland Park Orchestra, St. Joseph Symphony, Heritage Symphony, Northland Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Medical Arts Symphony.

Carol is married to Richard (Dick) Chatelain, who plays tuba with KCCO, and she has two daughters and one grandson. Carol and Dick are season ticket holders for the Kansas City Symphony, avid KU basketball fans, and proud parents of a miniature dachshund named Heidi. Carol says the Kansas City Civic Orchestra has been a big part of her life and the source of many friendships. “I hope I have many more notes to play with them,” Carol says.

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Kansas City Civic Orchestra’s Debut Performance at Helzberg Hall

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What a performance!  

Thank you to everyone who attended the concert yesterday! The venue was gorgeous, our Young Artist Concerto winner was amazing, and many attendees commented that it was the orchestra’s best performance of the season!

KCCO is proud to offer performances like these free of charge, but to continue doing so we do depend on support from our listeners. If you enjoyed yesterday’s performance (or any of our concerts this season) and are in a position to do so, please make a donation here or by texting CIVIC to 50155. Thank you!


Join us at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts!

Our final performance of the 2017-2018 season will take place at world-class venue Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. The concert will feature a performance by the winner of our Young Artist Concerto Competition (to be announced). We’re excited to play at this fantastic venue and to be able to provide a young musician with the opportunity, as well. We hope you’ll join us!

Helzberg Hall, Image courtesy of KauffmanCenter.org

Surround Sound in Helzberg Hall
Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Concert at 3:00 p.m.
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Music Director: Chris Kelts

Repertoire

Roman Carnival Overture – Berlioz

Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 – Mendelssohn
     Featuring Bethlehem Kelley, 2018 Young Artist Concerto Winner

Allegro molto appassianato

INTERMISSION

Symphony No. 5 – Tchaikovsky

Andante-Allegro conanima
Andante catabile
Valse: Allegro moderato
Finale: Andante maestoso-allegro vivace

 

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KCCO Outreach – The Video

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Take a look inside KCCO outreach events!

We love sharing stories, pictures, and feedback from our outreach events through social media and here on our site, and those posts give you a great peek inside our outreach programs. However, they don’t fully communicate everything that goes into our events or how it feels to attend them. Now, thanks to the video below, we’re able to do that!

In the video, masterfully produced by Sharon Steele, you’ll get an in-depth look at our outreach performances for schools. You’ll hear directly from our outreach coordinators why they do what they do and how they do it so effectively. (Hint: Audience participation is key!) And you’ll see for yourself the kinds of responses they get from the students they play for. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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What Music Means to Me

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The final concert of our 59th season (taking place at Helzberg Hall on May 6th) will feature the winner of this year’s Young Artist Concerto Competition (Betti Kelley, left). KCCO is proud to support and encourage young musicians – not only because we believe in the importance of the arts in general and the value of learning to play an instrument, but also because involvement in music has been shown to have substantial benefits for students.

In addition to providing a skill that students can use throughout their lives, research has also identified a “strong relationship between sustained involvement in instrumental music … and high level math proficiency (view source),” that “successful music students tend to possess the qualities and skills that are generally considered essential to employers… (view source),” and that students who “participated in band, orchestra, chorus, or in a school play or musical were significantly less likely than non-participants to engage in problem behaviors… (view source).”

We’ve asked our KCCO musicians to share their stories of how music has affected and benefitted them throughout their lives, and we’re sharing those stories here. You will see that for many of our musicians (over 50 of them) the Youth Symphony played a big role in their development, and that is true for today’s young musicians as well – our Young Artist Concerto winner (Betti Kelley, right) is a member of the local Youth Symphony!

We’ll be adding more stories throughout the next several weeks, so check back often. We hope you’re as inspired by these stories as much as we are, and we look forward to seeing you at our May concert, “Surround Sound at Helzberg Hall!”

Click on the quotes to view the musicians’ full statements below.

Music has been a large and necessary part of my life, though always as an avocation. In high school, playing clarinet in the band kept me out of the clutches of the football coach, which doubtless explains why, six decades later, both knees and at least some grey matter remain intact. Back then, also a neophyte violinist, I joined a local community orchestra and encountered the surpassing experience of being a part of, while hearing, great music. In new cities, music helped me make friends who shared my love of playing chamber music.  Playing music for love while pursuing non-musical careers has been the best of both worlds.

 

Music has the power to move a person between different realities: from a broken body into a soaring spirit, from a broken heart into the connection of shared love, from death into the memory and movement of life. It takes you into a story that no words can, moving you from one emotion to the next. It bridges the gaps language creates, across cultures and time, sharing the human experience like no other medium can. Music has shown me that deep down we are all the same, and that a universal language does exist. It has taken me from the lowest of the lows to the highest of the highs and been the greatest tool in choosing my path. The best part is it is free for everyone and we can share it with anyone.

 

I started playing the violin at a very young age. As a child, music was my peer group. Most of my friends were in orchestra. I was a shy kid and didn’t really fit in with the “popular” kids. Music was one place where it didn’t seem to matter if you came from a rich family or were cool. Everyone in an orchestra is part of the accomplishment when you win a competition or just have an amazing performance. I learned to be confident in front of an audience. I learned that other people counted on me to pull my weight and everyone’s success was based on all of us working hard together. I learned a lot about responsibility not only to myself but to the group as a whole. When I was a Senior in high school we competed in the World Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. We practiced five days a week, even in the summer. We all worked hard to earn the money for everyone to go. You can’t just take part of the orchestra! It seemed like an impossible task, but we earned the money and we all went. We won first place, and it is still something I feel a lot of pride in. I still share that with everyone who went with me. After college I played in the Amarillo Symphony until my husband was transferred to Kansas City. Some of my first friends in KC were the people I connected with in the KC Civic Orchestra. I went on to have five children and people have asked me how I found time to keep playing. Music is one of the few things in my life that I do that is just a part of me. It is not about being a mom or a wife or anything else. I do it because it feeds a part of my soul. When things are hard or I have a tough day, it relaxes me. When I hear a piece of music I love it takes me away from everything else. Few things in life can be enjoyed for a lifetime and give us a way to connect, share and release stress. We are all connected by the love of the music. The love of music is a gift you can give a child that they can enjoy for a lifetime.

 

 

I grew up with my Father being a music teacher, at the college level. I heard violin from the cradle. I, like my older brother, became a public school music teacher…orchestra director. Music is my life; it brings a great sweep of emotions as I listen and perform. I share that with others through performance, chamber music, and as a hospice volunteer.

 

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Musician Spotlight – Janice White, Cello

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Janice White has been a music-lover all her life. As a young child she enjoyed singing. In third grade she began playing piano, and later she became a clarinet player in her school band. At home, she says, she “drove everyone nuts” playing orchestral music on the record player and practicing for performances.

In 8th grade Janice attended Old Mission Junior High. Old Mission was a newer school and was fortunate to have a range of new instruments available for students, including some that no student was yet able to play. Because her music teacher determined that her hands had a large enough spread for the job, Janice volunteered to take up playing bass (after just a moment of hesitation when she realized how big it was!).

Janice’s musical endeavors included not only school performances, but also performances with the Youth Symphony. It was the first year of the Symphony’s operation, and Janice had friends from music camp who were playing with the group. She learned that they were in need of a bass player, so she auditioned and was asked to join. The Youth Symphony included players from all across the metro. They played symphonies and other pieces, had a concerto competition, and played four concerts per year at local high schools and at the KC Music Hall at Municipal Auditorium. Janice says the symphony gave her the opportunity to enjoy a “higher level of playing.”

In college Janice added another instrument to her arsenal when she took up playing the cello. Then, in a world where women’s options were limited to being a teacher, nurse, or secretary, she chose to become a teacher as that profession aligned most closely with her love of music. She taught junior high orchestra, high school band, choir, and music theory.

Janice has now been teaching piano in the Kansas City area for 54 years; she has taught the children and grandchildren of some of her students! She also teaches cello and has taught clarinet, guitar, and bagpipes (but only the chanter!). She first joined the Kansas City Civic Orchestra in 1967. In 1973 she took a hiatus when her first child was born, then returned to KCCO in 1987.

In addition to serving as her vocation, music has afforded Janice the opportunity to perform in many different venues, learn different kinds of music, and meet a large, diverse group of friends. Janice can’t remember – or imagine – ever not having music in her life.

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KCCO Welcomes Board Member Mark Barone

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We’re pleased to welcome Mr. Mark Barone as a member of KCCO’s Board of Directors. Mark was born and raised in the inner city of the Bronx and was the youngest of six children. Growing up, he was never exposed to orchestral music; he had to listen to the music other people wanted to hear. In addition, he says, they did not have good music programs in the New York Public Schools. Therefore, when he learned about the KCCO Instrument Petting Zoo, where children who are otherwise not exposed to classical instruments get the hands-on opportunity to touch and play them, he was extremely impressed.
Mark attended his first KCCO concert three years ago, in 2014. Even though he had lived in Kansas City since 2001, he “never knew such a gem existed.” Mark says he was amazed by the sound, quality, and professionalism of KCCO’s performances.

Mark has always been active in serving his community, and when he moved to Kansas City in 2001 he had the opportunity to serve as Executive Director of Christian Family Services (CFS), a licensed Christian Counseling and Adoptions Agency, for 12 years. CFS provided both international and domestic adoption services, licensed marriage and family counseling, as well as counseling for abused and neglected children.

In 2013, after his children finished high school, Mark took a position with Edward Jones Investments as a Financial Advisor. Now, he says, he gets to continue serving families by helping them face the challenges of retirement and planning for their future. He continues to support CFS, but was also eager to help support and increase the impact KCCO has on children and families through its various programs. Mark says he appreciates the opportunity to serve on the Board. “KCCO is truly making a difference in the lives of everyone involved, and has been for over 59 years.”

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2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner

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Introducing Miss Bethlehem Kelley!

Bethlehem (Betti) Kelley is an Ethiopian-American violinist in the tenth-grade who resides in Johnson County. Betti studies with Kansas City Symphony Violinist Kristin Velicer. Prior that she studied with Alice Joy Lewis at Ottawa Suzuki Strings for eight years. One of Betti’s most cherished musical experiences has been attending the full scholarship Sphinx Performance Academy in the summers of 2015-2017. Last summer she also attended the highly competitive NYO2 Orchestral Program at Carnegie Hall, again on full scholarship, and she will return there in the summer of 2018. Locally, Betti plays in the Youth Symphony of Kansas City.

A proud member of Jack and Jill of America since age three, Betti spends time throughout the school year on leadership activities and community service projects in the Kansas City area. Betti’s favorite subjects in school are math and science. Her hobbies include reading and playing with her cat and dog.

We’re proud to recognize this talented young musician, as well as to feature her at our May 6th concert, “Surround Sound in Helzberg Hall.”

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First Concert of 2018, “Orchestral Delights”

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Our first concert of 2018 is coming up soon!

“Orchestral Delights” will feature guest conductor Jim Murray, who serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Northland Symphony Orchestra (Kansas City, MO), Heritage Philharmonic (Eastern Jackson County, MO) and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Kansas City, an ensemble that he founded in 1997.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Maestro Jim Murray

Classical Series: Orchestral Delights
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Pre-Concert Talk at 6:45 p.m.
Concert at 7:30 p.m.
Atonement Lutheran Church
Guest Conductor: Jim Murray

Repertoire

Symphonic Dances – Grieg
Dance No. 1: Allegro moderato e marcato
Dance No. 2: Allegretto grazioso
Dance No. 3: Allegro giocoso
Dance No. 4: Andante – Allegro risoluto

Karelia Suite, Opus 11 – Sibelius
Intermezzo. Moderato
Ballade. Tempo di menuetto
Alla marcia. Moderato

A Somerset Rhapsody – Holst

Overture to Nabucco – Verdi

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