Instrument Petting Zoo and “The American Sound” Concert


Fourth Annual Instrument Petting Zoo

Our Instrument Petting Zoo for children has grown each year, and we expect this year to be better than ever! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. The Petting Zoo gives kids the opportunity to learn about, touch, and play a wide variety of instruments.

Special thanks to Band of Angels for donating the instruments for this event.


The American Sound

Friday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m. (preceded by Petting Zoo)
Atonement Lutheran Church
Dr. Chris Kelts, Conductor
Robert Carney, Piano


America the Beautiful
National Anthem of the United States

Symphony No. 9 “New World” (mvt. 2)

Stars and Stripes Forever

Washington Post March

An Outdoor Overture

Rhapsody in Blue



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Band of Angels


Band of Angels is a collects music instruments and provides them to children in need for free so they can join band and orchestra programs. They also provide scholarships for area children to attend summer music camp. And, this November, Band of Angels will provide the instruments for our Instrument Petting Zoo. Thank you, Band of Angels!



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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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2017-2018 Auditions


KCCO is auditioning amazing musicians for our 59th season!


Saturday, August 26, 2017 (Reserve your space by Friday, August 11)
10:00am – 3:30pm (Audition Time will be Assigned)
Atonement Lutheran Church (directions)

Current Openings:

  • BassoonImage of violin, bow, and music
  • Section First Violin
  • Section Second Violin
  • Section Viola
  • Section Cello
  • Section Bass
  • Section Percussion
  • Principle Horn (view horn audition info)
  • Horn Third Position (view horn audition info)
  • Auxiliary/On-Call Woodwind and Brass

Audition requirements:

  • Solo selection of your choice, between three to five minutes (no pianist provided, or required).
  • Sight reading demonstration (three excerpts provided by audition panel).
  • Horn auditions have additional requirements; click here to view horn audition info.

Additional Information:

  • Auditions are not blind.
  • Please plan to arrive with ample time to check in and warm up.
  • Memorization is not required for your solo selection.

Being a Musician with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra

KCCO is entering its 59th concert season as an all-volunteer, community-supported orchestra. Our musicians come from in and around the greater Kansas City metro and have diverse vocational backgrounds. To ensure that we continue providing high quality performances, we require that our musicians:

  • Attend rehearsals every Tuesday evening.
  • Perform in approximately seven concerts between September and May.
  • Prepare for rehearsals and concerts and play to their highest ability.

To audition, please complete the form below. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact our music director, Christopher Kelts.


Deadline to reserve an audition time is FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017

Audition Form

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


First Name:

* Last Name:
* Phone:
* Instrument:
* Email Address:
* Address:
* City:
* State:
* Zip:

    Tell us a little about your musical experience and why you want to join the orchestra:

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KCCO Welcomes Return of Conductor Christopher Kelts


The Kansas City Civic Orchestra is pleased to welcome conductor Christopher Kelts back to the position of Music Director. After serving with KCCO for seven and a half years, Kelts resigned from the organization in December 2015 after accepting the position of Director of Orchestral Studies at Missouri State University (Springfield, MO).

“It was an exciting opportunity for me,” he said, “but I realized that the responsibilities of the new position might impact my ability to serve KCCO appropriately. Therefore, I chose to step down while I acclimated to my new role.”

Between December 2015 and May 2017 KCCO enjoyed a successful 58th season performing under the baton of five guest conductors. As Kelts noted, this gave the orchestra a chance to experience artistic diversity, strengthen its musical talents, and expand its adaptability. The orchestra also hosted outstanding guest artists, featured the winners of its annual Young Artist Concerto Competition, and continued to grow its outreach efforts.

After an extensive search for the right candidate to serve as music director, the orchestra and Board of Directors explored the possibility of having Kelts return to the position. Fortunately, he was happy to reengage with KCCO. “I want to keep the orchestra on a path of strengthening its artistic and musical performance, expanding educational outreach, and continuing to build the audience community that shows us such amazing support,” he said.

Kelts will kick off his return on July 1st, 2017 and will begin by planning the 2017-2018 concert season. “We are back at it, even in the off months. There are auditions to plan, repertoires and artists to solidify,” he said. “The Kansas City Civic Orchestra is nearing its 60th year of offering quality concerts to the greater Kansas City community. We have a lot to be proud of, and I’m excited to be part of it.”

Information on the 2017-2018 season, including audition and concert dates, will be announced this summer.


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