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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
You can also support ACO through your shopping orders using AmazonSmile and the Randalls Good Neighbor Program. Visit this page to learn how to make ACO your charity of choice when shopping through Amazon. If you shop with Randalls, link our charity number 217 with your individual Loyalty account.
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
$5000 per year
- 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
$2000 per 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 will be held for openings in the violin, viola, and bass sections, and for the substitute list for the cello section of the Austin Civic Orchestra.
DEADLINE for audition inquiries is Thursday, August 15.
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Time: Beginning at 6:00 p.m. and scheduled throughout the evening
Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Anderson Lane
Please email ACO music director, Dr. Lois Ferrari, at email@example.com if you are interested in auditioning or if you have any questions about the audition process.
The Austin Civic Orchestra announces opening for the following :
1 opening for Violin I
1 opening for Violin II
1 opening for Viola
1-2 opening(s) for String Bass
Openings for cello are for the sub-list only at this time.
The Austin Civic Orchestra announces an opening for horn. Auditions are Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Applicants need to be versatile and have the ability to cover any part, including assistant. The audition will consist of three to five minutes of music from an etude or solo work that demonstrates tone quality, technical facility, and musicianship. Orchestral excerpts TBD.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in auditioning. Please provide a brief statement of your background to include education and performing experience.
The Austin Civic Orchestra announces an opening for co-principal clarinet. Auditions are Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
We are looking for someone with excellent technique, good sight reading skills, and consistent practice ethics. The audition will consist of five minutes from any clarinet solo work, plus orchestral excerpts TBD.
Please email email@example.com if you are interested in auditioning. Please include background information and a brief history of your experience as an orchestral clarinetist.
Auditions for woodwinds, brass, and percussion are arranged via the section leaders. Please let Dr. Ferrari know if you are interested and she will forward your message to the appropriate section leader.
Please note that the ACO is a civic organization and, as such, is comprised of volunteer performers.
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.
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.
We are pleased to announce the results of the 2016 ACO Composition Competition:
Winning composition: Dance Rhapsody, by Lee Actor
Runner-up: Sinfonia Concertante, by Roydon Tse
Dance Rhapsody will be performed by the orchestra on May 13, 2018. Sinfonia Concertante will be performed during the 2018-19 season.
Stay tuned for news of our next contest.