Civic Orchestra of Tucson

Civic Orchestra of Tucson

The Civic Orchestra of Tucson—a Community Treasure Since 1975


Great News! The Civic Orchestra of Tucson has just been selected as a 2024 National Finalist in Orchestral Performance in the non-collegiate division of The American Prize national non-profit competition in the performing arts. The American Prize will be announcing the winners in this division soon. You can learn more about this competition at theamericanprize.org. We wish to thank our conductor, Dr. Keun Oh, and our dedicated musicians for their hard work.


  • 70-piece community orchestra of volunteers conducted by Dr. Keun Oh
  • providing free concerts throughout greater Tucson since 1975
  • enriching the cultural life of greater Tucson
  • featuring well-known soloists from Tucson and Young Artists’ Competition winners
  • bringing its Musical Instrument Petting Zoo to schools, art fairs, and other community events
  • sponsoring the Young Artists’ Competition, now in its 39th year.
  • supporting young artists through its scholarship program

Our exciting 2024–2025 season will feature classics by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, and Respighi, contemporary works by Marquez and Piazzolla, and popular works such as movie themes from “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Frozen. The October concerts highlight renowned soloist Tiezheng Shen in Britten’s Lachrymae for Viola. Winners of the Young Artists’ Competition will perform solos with the orchestra in February and May. On March 15, COT will present an inclusive sensory/friendly concert in partnership with the Autism Society of Southern Arizona. Concert details available soon.

Deadline: July 18, 2024
Click the image above or here to download the application.

Our Commitment to Youth

We are 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.

Musicians Welcome

Our community orchestra 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. Learn more.

Our season is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts,
which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts,
the Graesser Foundation, and the City of Tucson.
Our 2025 inclusive/sensory-friendly program is funded in part by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona with funding from the City of Tucson and Pima County.

        

Photos of Keun Oh and the orchestra by Steve Ralsten and Dave Griffey.