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 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. This year we will collaborate with them on Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty. Our Pops concerts are filled with familiar tunes that all ages will enjoy.
Please visit our Concert Schedule page for information about our 2017-2018 season.
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 the middle of August 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 a co-principal oboe and basses. 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.