Young Artist Concerto Competition 2018

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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!

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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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Sounds of the Season Holiday Concert

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It’s that time of year!

Our holiday concert is one of our most popular performances each season. As always, there will be two performances of Sounds of the Season, with each performance preceded by our Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser. The silent auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so be ready to bid on some fantastic gift items (or a little something for yourself!).

Sounds of the Season

Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9
Silent auction at 6:30 p.m.
Concert at 7:30 p.m.
Atonement Lutheran Church
Music Director: Chris Kelts

 

Repertoire

piano painting for silent auction
Silent Auction Item – Painting

A selection of seasonal favorites, including:

Sleigh Ride – Anderson
  Featuring a guest conductor from our audience.

Festive Sounds of Chanukah – Holcomb

Fantasy on Greensleeves – Vaughn Williams

Troika from Lt. Kije – Anderson

Suite of Carols – Anderson

Sing-a-Longs

 

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Instrument Petting Zoo and “The American Sound” Concert

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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

Repertoire

America the Beautiful

The Star-Spangled Banner

Symphony No. 9 “New World” (mvt. 2)
Dvorak

Stars and Stripes Forever
Sousa

Washington Post March
Sousa

An Outdoor Overture
Copland

Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin
Featuring guest soloist Dr. Robert Carney, piano

 

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2017-2018 Season Schedule

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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

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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):

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300 Years of Great Music

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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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Great Music of Europe

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Our first concert of 2017 is coming up soon!

Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Atonement Lutheran Church

Pre-Concert Talk, 6:45pm

Atonement Lutheran Church

  • Roman Carnival Overture – Hector Berlioz
  • Capriccio Italian – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Symphony in D Minor – César Franck
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2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition

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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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