Community Resources

Local String Concerts

January 2022

The Wires
Ben Parks Art Opening

Friday, Jan. 7th at 7:00 PM
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K.C. Symphony

Revolution: The Music of The Beatles
January 7-9
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Opus 76
Beethoven op.131 & “Immortal Beloved”
Sunday, Jan. 9th at 2:00 - 4:30 PM

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Ensemble Iberica: Coleen Dieker & Beau Bledsoe
Residency at Tannin Wine & Bar
January 6-27

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Ensemble Iberica: Coleen Dieker & Beau and Aidan Bledsoe
Howard's Greenhouse Kickoff Concert
Thursday, Jan. 20th at 5:00 PM
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The Wires
Savor the Sound - Charity Event for Cornerstones of Care
Saturday, Jan. 29th at 6:30 PM

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Saint Joseph Symphony
"Pasticcio" with KC Baroque Consortium
Sunday, Jan. 30th at 3:00 PM

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Local Community Orchestras

Heritage Philharmonic

The mission of the Heritage Philharmonic is to provide the Jackson County community with excellent, affordable and convenient orchestral music programs by using both professional and volunteer musicians. We celebrate life-long musical skills development for all levels of players.

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Kansas City Civic Orchestra

The Kansas City Civic Orchestra is a community-based orchestra in the Kansas City metropolitan area. For 60 years, our mission has been to bring high quality, free concerts to the local community. Our all-volunteer orchestra is comprised of amateur and professional musicians with one thing in common – a love for music!

With more than 80 members of the orchestra, we continue to grow and expand our repertoire. Each season we offer a wide array of music and we are proud to be a part of the diverse music community in Kansas City.

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Kansas City Kansas Community Orchestra

The mission of the Kansas City Kansas Community Orchestra is to provide the opportunity for volunteer musicians to enhance their musical talents by sharing their love of music with the community.

The goal of the Orchestra is to cultivate the next generation of musicians while offering the community an outlet to express their talents.

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Lees's Summit Symphony

Since 2003, the Lee’s Summit Symphony has become an integral part of Eastern Jackson County’s cultural landscape, enriching the community through a quality, passionate Symphony. Each year, the Symphony entertains thousands, including families with school-aged children.

Members of the Lee’s Summit Symphony must be high school graduates.

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Northland Symphony Orchestra

Our organization includes a professional/student/community symphony orchestra that perform five concerts per season, as well as two youth ensembles - The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and Metropolitan Youth Sinfonia - that perform three concerts per season. We play a wide variety of quality classic symphonic literature for every music-lover. Our concerts are informal, family friendly and always without charge.

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Olathe Community Orchestra

Olathe Community Orchestra is comprised of a diverse group of musicians, amateur and professional, brought together by their love of music and desire to play their instruments. Adult musicians do not need to audition. Students under 18 who wish to play with the orchestra must audition for the conductor.

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Omni Ensemble

The Omni Ensemble is UMKC’s community string orchestra, offering playing and performance opportunities for all members of the UMKC community and the greater Kansas City community. The ensemble is open to non-music majors, members of the community, or music majors playing a secondary instrument. Anyone with at least two years experience playing violin, viola, cello, or bass is eligible to participate.

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Overland Park Community Orchestra

The Overland Park Orchestra is a volunteer orchestra sponsored in part by the City of Overland Park. Since its inception in 1973, it has played for both children and adults at a variety of venues and performs a regular Halloween concert with a costume parade for children.

In recent years, the orchestra has provided music for the American Youth Ballet’s annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet and has been a part of the Overland Park Fall Festival and events at the Overland Park Arboretum. For information on becoming a member, contact David Clark, 913-268-7376.

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Saint Joseph Symphony

The Saint Joseph Symphony celebrated its birth as a community orchestra on November 30, 1959 with its debut performance at St. Joseph’s fabulous Electric Theater. The orchestra, which now performs in the historic Missouri Theater, evolved into a professional orchestra in the mid 1980s and hosts musicians from St. Joseph, Maryville, Atchison, Kansas City, Lawrence and Leavenworth.

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Westwood Ensemble

Westwood Ensemble is presently a full orchestra of more than 30 musicians and is continually growing. The ensemble is unique in two regards: 1) We play literature rarely performed by other ensembles. 2) The group is comprised of: youth, adult amateurs, and top professional players. The professionals aid in working with the ensemble members. Many of the members are present or past students of these professionals. There is a $20 audition fee but no other membership fees to play.

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Local Youth Orchestras

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Kansas City

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Olathe Youth Symphony

Youth Symphony of Kansas City

Private Music Lessons

For information about private music lessons, please visit our Lessons page or email We have excellent teachers who teach in the K.C. Strings Conservatory and a list of teachers who we can personally recommend in the surrounding area.