Current Season


KCCO’s 62nd Season

The Kansas City Civic Orchestra Board of Directors and I having been working towards an official announcement of our 2020 – 2021 concert season. In order to plan a responsible and artistically satisfying season we have been holding internal meetings, participating in meetings with other arts organizations, and consulting Kansas City and Johnson County Health Department guidelines while also referencing CDC recommendations.

Our mission is to provide a wonderful musical experience, and to do this we must be able to create an environment in which our music can be heard. It is no surprise that COVID 19 has made the Civic Orchestra (and other arts organizations) stop and rethink what the upcoming season might look and sound like. We are working hard to address the changes in the best way possible for our musicians and our audience.

Please check back on this webpage for updates on the 2020 – 2021 concert season, or sign up to receive updates in your inbox by using the form in the sidebar.


We are grateful for your support of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra!

Chris Kelts, Music Director



Educational Outreach


Our experience with the KCCO was beyond amazing! Jennifer and Don did such a great job with our students. It was very enjoyable for all. – Lisa B., Shawnee Mission Instructional Support Center


The educational outreach programs of The Kansas City Civic Orchestra seek to cultivate an appreciation for the experience of live instrumental and orchestral music, and to provide support for music education to community members of all age levels throughout the Greater Kansas City area.

The orchestra’s educational outreach activities currently include:

  • Pre-concert instrument petting zoos, supervised opportunities for children to hold and experience playing real orchestral instruments.
  • In-school, interactive, participatory performances and demonstrations for elementary students, involving stringed and other instruments.IMG_4520
  • “Master classes” held for school-aged children studying particular classical instruments, provided by soloists using those instruments to perform during concerts with the Civic Orchestra.
  • Musical entertainment events for nursing homes and similar care centers in the area.
  • “Youth Concerts” included among the Civic’s regular season programming, featuring compositions familiar to children of school age, e.g., themes from popular adventure and science-fiction films.
  • Soloist competitions offering students in local elementary and secondary schools a chance to perform with the Civic Orchestra.


For more information about the Civic Orchestra’s educational outreach activities, please contact us at


What a joy to know you shared your time and talents with our Grandma. We know your happiness and enthusiasm for music. It is wonderful to know you where there. Thank you so much for your service to the community.  – The Rorie Family



Welcome to KCCO


Each season the Kansas City Civic Orchestra is proud to offer high quality concerts featuring a range of music and numerous outreach activities that enrich the community. We are proud to be a part of the diverse music community in the Kansas City area!