2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner


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”


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


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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Young Artist Concerto Competition 2018


KCCO is excited to announce our 2018
Young Artist Concerto Competition!

It’s that time of year! KCCO’s Young Artist Concerto Competition gives us the opportunity to engage with and support young musicians in the Kansas City area. The winner of this year’s competition winner will have the opportunity to perform with the orchestra at a world-class venue – Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts! The winner will also receive a cash prize of $500. This year’s auditions will take place on Saturday, February 24th. We invite all musicians aged 13 to 19 to participate!

Alice Guo, 2017 Concerto Competition Winner
Alice Guo, 2017 Concerto Competition Winner

How to Enter

  • Please read the competition rules below
  • Download the application form
  • Obtain a recommendation from a music instructor
  • Mail the form and $25 application fee to: Kansas City Civic Orchestra, P.O. Box 224, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201

Applications must be received by February 12, 2018.

  1. Competition audition date is: Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Atonement Lutheran Church between 10:00am and 3:00pm (time will be assigned).
  2. The concerto competition is for ages 13-19.
  3. Perform a solo orchestral work that is no less than 9 minutes and no greater than 20 minutes in length, from memory (can be a movement from a standard concerto or a multi-movement work).
  4. Audition time slots will be up to 15-minute intervals (cuts are acceptable for the audition).
  5. The competition is open to all instrumentalists (except piano and saxophone).
  6. First place winner will receive a performance with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra on Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3:00pm at Helzberg Hall (Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts) and a prize of $500.00.
  7. Second place may receive acknowledgement at our March 3, 2018 performance.
  8. Kansas City Civic Orchestra reserves the right to have both first and second place winners perform at the May 6th concert.
  9. Winner(s) must be available for rehearsals on: Tuesday, April 24 & May 1 (between 7:30pm-9:30pm) and Sunday, May 6 at Helzberg Hall (between Noon-2pm.) Specific times within these rehearsals will be assigned at a later date.
  10. All room/board/transportation is at the expense of the competition participant.
  11. The $25.00 application fee is non-refundable.
  12. Audition date/time/place is non-negotiable.
  13. An audition time will be emailed to participant within one week of the application deadline.
  14. Competition participants must supply their respective instrument at audition/performance.
  15. Competition participants must supply their own accompanist at audition.
  16. Judges may come from within or may be guests of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra.
  17. Winner selection will be announced and emailed at the end of the audition day.
  18. Judges’ decision is final.
  19. The Kansas City Civic Orchestra can decide not to award winners/prizes.
  20. Failure to abide by these guidelines and rules may result in participant’s disqualification.

Feel free to contact us with any additional questions.


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Hello 2018!


We’d like to thank all of our friends and listeners for supporting KCCO through the first part of our 59th season. In addition to the three concerts, our 2017 activities included the Instrument Petting Zoo for children, the Silent Auction Fundraiser, and numerous outreach activities. (Below are hand-made cards from some of the students who enjoyed our outreach events.)








The orchestra is taking a short mid-season break during this cold start to 2018, but we’ll be back at it next month and we’re looking forward to seeing you at our March and May concerts.

Happy New Year!


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2017-2018 Season Schedule


Save the dates!

Planning for the 59th season is well underway, and the concert dates have been set! Look for information on the program for each concert in the next few days.

Classical Series: Bold, Brass and Brahms
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:30pm

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

Pops Style: The American Sound
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Saturday*, November 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm
* preceded by 4th Annual Instrument Petting Zoo at 1:00 pm
Atonement Lutheran Church

Pops Style: Sounds of the Season
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Atonement Lutheran Church

Classical Series: Orchestral Delights
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm

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

Classical Series: Surround Sound in Helzberg Hall
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


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