Orchestra

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Sponsored primarily by the music departments of Abilene Christian UniversityHardin 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.