300 Years of Great Music

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Atonement Lutheran Church

Pre-Concert Talk, 6:45pm

This concert will feature a performance by the winner of our Young Artist Concerto Competition, Alice Guo!

Atonement Lutheran Church

  • Overture to La Gazza Ladra – Gioachino Rossini (First Performed in 1817)
  • Water Music – George Frideric Handel, arr. Harty (First Performed in 1717)
  • Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major – F. J. Haydn (featuring our Young Artist Concerto Competition winner!)
  • Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. – Dvořák

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2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition

KCCO is excited to announce our 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition!

The Concerto Competition gives KCCO the opportunity to engage with and support young musicians in the Kansas City area. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to perform with the orchestra and will also receive a cash prize of $500. This year’s auditions will take place on Saturday, February 4th. We invite all musicians aged 13 to 19 to participate!

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

Applications must be received by January 25, 2016.

Competition rules and guidelines

*Please Read Carefully*

  1. Competition Audition Date is: Saturday, February 4, 2017 (Atonement Lutheran Church) 10:00am – 3:00pm (time 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 & saxophone).
  6. First place winner will receive a performance with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and a prize of $500.00.
  7. Second place may receive acknowledgement at our March 4, 2016 performance.
  8. Kansas City Civic Orchestra reserves the right to have both first and second place winners perform at the March 2017 concert.
  9. Winner(s) must be available for rehearsals on: Tuesday, April 18 & 25 (between 7:30pm – 9:30pm) and Saturday, April 29 (between 9:00am – 3:00pm.) 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. Judge’s 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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Current Season

Our 58th season is now underway! Below is an overview of our concert dates and times.

Save These Dates:

  • Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.: Classical Series
  • Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.: Pops Series
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.: Our annual Instrument Petting Zoo for Kids!
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.: Pops Series (family concert; no intermission)
  • Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.: Sounds of the Season
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.: Sounds of the Season
  • KCCO Young Artist Concerto Competition Auditions: Saturday, February 4, 2017
    Audition times between 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Classical Series
  • Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.: Classical Series

All concerts are free – no tickets required

Atonement Lutheran Church (directions)
9948 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park, KS 66212

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2016 – 2017 Auditions

Saturday, August 20, 2016
10:00am – 3:00pm (Audition Time will be Assigned)

Atonement Lutheran Church (directions)
9948 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park, KS 66212

Current Openings:

Principal BASSOON



Section VIOLA

Section CELLO

Principal BASS

Section BASS

Sub-list Openings:


Audition requirements:

Solo selection of your choice (no pianist provided, or required). Sight reading (3 excerpts provided by committee)

Principal Duties with KCCO:

Principal players are expected to come to all rehearsals. A minimum of one rehearsal can be missed. If a conflict arises and/or emergency situation, please inform the music director as soon as possible. Unexcused absences may result in position replacement and/or appointment of another musician. Coordinate bowing with Concertmaster. All members of KCCO are volunteer musicians. All principal positions are for one year, with the possibility of renewal.


Audition Requirements:

Perform a 3-5 minute solo selection of your choice (no accompanist needed). The audition committee will provide sight reading material during the audition.

(Auditions are not blind)

…to Audition:

Complete the form below or contact auditions@kccivic.org to reserve an audition spot.

Deadline to reserve a spot: FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2016

**Although there are not openings in every section, those wishing to be on the sub list may schedule a time with KCCO Personnel Manager (email above) to be considered being placed on KCCO sub-list of musicians.

Audition Form

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


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