Civic Orchestra of Tucson

Civic Orchestra of Tucson

The Civic Orchestra of Tucson—a Community Treasure Since 1975

  • 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
See our season schedule below and watch a short YouTube video highlighting some of last season’s performances. Our next concerts are in May and are free.

2023-2024 Season

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 2023–2024 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.


and also by the City of Tucson

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