A Community Treasure Since 1975
Founded in 1975, the Civic Orchestra of Tucson is a 75-piece community orchestra presenting free concerts to residents of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Our accessible concerts enrich the cultural life of the greater Tucson area. Soloists are well-known musicians from Tucson and across the country as well as winners of our Young Artists’ Competition.
Each year we partner with Dancing in the Streets Arizona by providing live orchestral music for one of their productions. In December 2019 we once again collaborated with them in two performances of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet.
Our Pops concerts are filled with familiar tunes that all ages will enjoy.
Please visit our Concert Schedule page for information about our season.
We regret that for the health and safety of our musicians and audience members, our 2020 March and May free concerts have been canceled due to concerns regarding the covid-19 virus. We look forward to seeing everyone again in the fall.
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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1540 E Linden Street in Tucson. Our season runs from early September through mid-May.
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 are currently seeking musicians for our horn, percussion, and all string sections. Other vacancies in the winds and brass may be posted at a later time. Learn more.