Sponsored primarily by the music departments of Abilene Christian University, Hardin Simmons University, and McMurry University, the Civic Orchestra of Abilene is committed to –
- Providing an excellent orchestral experience for University students (music majors and non-majors) and faculty;
- Being a partner with AISD and other schools in the greater Big Country region through joint projects and concerts, membership in the orchestra, and other efforts;
- An educational mission and focus, reaching and serving the community of Abilene as an artistic ensemble.
- Additional efforts between the COA, the Universities, schools, and community include musicals, opera productions, special holiday concerts or similar events, chamber music, and other collaboration.
The COA sponsors a biennial Concerto/Aria competition for students from the three Universities, and the winner(s) perform on a concert with the COA.
Rehearsals are held T 3:45-5:00 (strings only), R 7:00-9:00 p.m. (full orchestra)
For more information visit the Civic Orchestra of Abilene website.