Welcome to COT

Tucson's Oldest Community Orchestra

Founded in 1975, the Civic Orchestra of Tucson is a 60-piece volunteer community orchestra presenting free concerts to residents of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Our concerts enrich the cultural life of the greater Tucson area and are easily accessible to the elderly and physically challenged. Soloists are well-known musicians from Tucson and across the country as well as the winners of our Young Artists' Competition. Each year we partner with the young dancers from Dancing in the Streets Arizona by providing live orchestral music for their production of The Nutcracker ballet. Our Pops concerts are filled with familiar tunes that all ages will enjoy.

Highlights of our 2015-2016 season include music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Poulenc, Ravel, Wagner, and many more. Please visit our Concert Schedule page for more information. Details about our 2016-2017 season will be available soon!
Read the story in the 3/10/2016 AZ Daily Star's Caliente section about our March 12 concert. This article includes an interview with our 3/12 concert's guest soloist, cellist Evan Drachman, with links to videos of him talking about his Stradivarius cello, and his grandfather Gregor Piatigorsky's performance of the first movement of Dvorak's cello concerto.

Our Commitment to Youth

The COT is dedicated to encouraging young musicians through innovative educational programs. At our Instrument Petting Zoos, children enjoy a hands-on musical experience as they hold and play a variety of instruments. COT also plays a critical role in cultivating local and statewide musical talent by sponsoring an annual Young Artists' Competition.


Rehearsals for the COT are held on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:30 PM at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, located at River Road and Dodge Blvd. The season runs from the end of August through mid-May.

Musicians Welcome

The COT provides local musicians with an opportunity to play in a full symphony orchestra. If you are a musician who enjoys playing symphonic music—and occasionally Pops music—we invite you to join us. We currently have openings for the following musicians: co-principal oboe, viola, and double bass. Please contact us to learn more.

Photo Credits: Orchestra photos courtesy of Robert A. Suomala, Crowder Hall, 2010.
Banner photo of Dr. Kreloff courtesy of George Howard of Right Eye Photography.



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