Get Involved

There are many ways in which you can be a part of ACO’s mission. Come and explore the various ways you can get involved!


The Austin Civic Orchestra has grown tremendously over the last four decades. As the ACO continues to grow, so does the need for volunteers. Examples of volunteer opportunities include soliciting donations, selling advertising, selling tickets and merchandise during concerts, conducting telephone surveys, and preparing for receptions. To become an ACO volunteer, please complete the Contact Us form and specify the area in which you’d like to help.


For other comments or questions, contact us by phone at 512-200-ACO1 (2261) or by email at


The Austin Civic Orchestra has grown over the past 40 years into one of the largest civic orchestras in the country, thanks to the support and dedication of our patrons. Our commitment to keeping ticket prices low has made classical music accessible to central Texas, which is how we want to keep it. Donations by individuals and corporations are vital to the operations of the Austin Civic Orchestra.

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Sponsor & Advertise

Sponsoring the ACO is a great way to show your support as well as get your name out there to our concert goers and website visitors. If you or your business would like to sponsor the ACO, the following is a list of sponsorship opportunities. If you would like to sponsor one of these areas or you have ideas for other sponsorship opportunities, please complete the Contact Us form or call 512-200-2261.


Underwrite Season Promotion Costs

  • Sponsorship listing in ACO concert season program and electronic communications.
  • Full-page ad in all the concert programs for that season.
  • Two complimentary tickets for every concert of the season.
  • Recognition as a Standing Ovation-level contributor in concert season program and on website.

Underwrite a Concert

  • Recognition in concert program and in all ACO advertisements promoting that concert (print, radio, email, social media).

  • Full-page ad in concert season program.
  • Eight complimentary tickets to the performance.
  • Formal recognition at performance during the introduction and at intermission.
  • Reception at intermission with refreshments; option to distribute promotional items.
  • Recognition as a Bravo-level contributor in concert season program and on website.

Underwrite a Musical Score

  • Recognition in concert program.

  • Full-page ad in concert season program.
  • Four complimentary tickets to concert performance.
  • Recognition as a Curtain Call-level contributor in concert season program and on website.



Ads are a great way for businesses to support the community while increasing their visibility within the community. Each summer, the ACO sells ad space for its concert programs. Ads will appear in the concert season program. Three types of ad space are available.

If you are interested in advertising with us, please complete the Contact Us form or call 512-200-2261.

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Auditions for the 2022-2023 season are now closed.

Here is our audition process:

If you are a musician 18 years or older, you would fill our our online interest form (not currently active). You would be assigned a unique number and your information passed along to the Music Director to maintain anonymity.  The Music Director will decide who to invite to audition.

If invited to audition, you are expected to prepare 3-5 minutes of music from the classical repertoire which shows the qualities included in our audition rubric (i.e. tone quality, technical facility, musicianship, etc.).

Each audition is judged by at least two people: the corresponding section leader and the Music Director. If the Music Director is unavailable, a second section member or the Assistant Director will sit in. Auditions are blind.

The two judges will have a physical copy of the rubric to complete. We ask that you provide a copy of the music you are playing to the panel.

Admission to the orchestra and seating placement will depend on the results of the audition rubric and will will be announced by the Music Director. If there are no open chairs in a section, qualifying prospective members will be placed on the section’s substitute/call list.

Feedback from the completed rubric forms can be provided directly to an anyone who auditions on request.

The Austin Civic Orchestra is civic organization and as such all members are volunteers.


Amster Chamber Music Program

The annual Amster Chamber Music Program provides young musicians, eighteen years of age or less, from Austin and the surrounding area the opportunity to make music in a chamber ensemble and with the ACO.  Competition prizes include college scholarships and the opportunity to perform at Austin Civic Orchestra concerts in the spring.

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Composition Competition

The ACO believes in the cultivation of new music and giving up-and-coming composers the opportunity to have their music performed. Every two years, composers from around the world submit their compositions for the opportunity to have their piece performed by the ACO in one of their regular concerts and the cash prize of $1,000.

This contest is on hold until after the pandemic has passed. Please stay tuned for news of our next contest.