2023 Chatelain Young Artist Competition

KCCO is pleased to announce our 2023 Chatelain Young Artist Competition.

Applications and entry fees must be received by February 17, 2023. Download Application

Competition Guidelines and Information

  1. Competition recital will be a formal public concert.  All entries will perform in front of an audience and competition judges on Sunday, February 26, 2:00pm at Atonement Lutheran Church. Results announced after recital performances
  2. The concerto competition is for ages 11-19.
  3. Perform from standard concerto/art piece, between 8–22 minutes total.
  4. Applicants will perform their entire selected movement/work. Cuts can only be taken in the accompaniment.
  5. The competition is open to all instrumentalists except piano, saxophone, and percussion.
  6. First Prize: Performance with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra on May 6, 2023, at Helzberg Hall (Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts) and a cash award of $500.00.
  7. Second Prize: Recognition in our March/May concert program.
  8. Kansas City Civic Orchestra reserves the right to have both first and second place winners perform at the May concert.
  9. Winner(s) must be available for rehearsals on Tuesday, April 25 and May 2 (between 7:30pm–9:30pm) and Saturday, May 6 at Helzberg Hall (between 1–3:30pm.) 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 $35.00 application fee is non-refundable.
  12. Competition recital date/time/place is non-negotiable.
  13. Competition participants must supply their respective instrument at audition/performance.
  14. Competition participants must supply their own accompanist at audition.
  15. Judges may come from within or may be guests of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra.
  16. Winner selection will be announced immediately following judge’s deliberation at the end of the recital and emailed at the end of the audition day.
  17. Judges’ decision is final.
  18. The Kansas City Civic Orchestra may decide not to award winners/prizes.

Failure to abide by these guidelines and rules may result in participant’s disqualification.

Current Season

KCCO’s 64th Season

Welcome to our 2022–2023 season!

Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 10 at 2:00pm
Atonement Lutheran Church
“Sounds of the Season”
Featuring the Atonement Jubilation Ringers and holiday favorites

Saturday, March 11 at 7:30pm
Atonement Lutheran Church
“Beethoven 7!”
Featuring guest conductor Alexandra Kovatch and works by Wagner and Beethoven

Saturday, May 6 at 5:30pm
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
“Transfigured Sound”
Featuring the Chatelain Young Artist, the William Jewell Women’s Chorus, and works by Handel, Debussy, and Strauss

Civic in the City

An expansion of our outreach efforts initiated by violinist Jennifer Mitchell, “Civic in the City” is a series of recitals prepared and performed in various neighborhoods around the metro area. Debbie Allen, KCCO principal clarinetist, began the program with a series of recitals in her neighborhood in 2020, and it has continued to grow over the last two summers. 


Upcoming Performances

September 10 at 4:00pm
(rain date September 11)
4900 Central
Kansas City, MO 64112
(green space across the street)

September 17 at 4:00pm
(rain date September 18)
13116 Delmar
Leawood, KS 66209
(near Wilshire Pool)

September 24 at 4:00pm
(rain date September 25)
Macken Park, Performance Stage
1002 Clark Ferguson Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64116


Previous Performances

A highlight of Civic in the City is the performance of an original composition for string quartet, As The River Flows, written by our own Debbie Allen.  The inspiration for the composition was watching nature unfold in all its glory while sheltering in place, at the onset of the virus.  As The River Flows includes three movements: Life Endures, Nature Restores, and Water Glistens.