Community Resources

Year Round Workshops

Drunken Fiddles

Drunken Fiddles is a group class for adults who would like to learn how to play the fiddle, or cello. During the 4 week workshop participants will learn a new fiddle tune each week in a relaxed group environment. We drink wine, we laugh, we have fun and, most importantly, we fiddle!

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KC Bass Workshop

If you're a bassist (all ages and all levels) you must know about Johnny Hamil and his annual KC Bass Workshop, KC Bassfest, and Bassmass!

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Fiddle Club

Fiddle Club is fun for students and teachers alike.

String students: you will find new ways to explore the sounds your instrument can make, have fun learning fiddle tunes and creative ways to play, plus come back to school ahead of the game with bowing skills and left hand agility you can only get from fiddling.

Music teachers: recharge and reconnect with your love of music. Spend some time refueling your own playing in a fun and creative way, while also gaining new skills and ideas you can use in the classroom.

With your membership:

-24/7 on-demand access to a library of videos you will drool over.
-Tutorials for countless fiddle tunes (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)
-Mini lessons on theory and musical skills
-Fiddling Secrets that will change the way you play!
-Sheet music (for violin, viola, cello, mandolin, full score + chords) for all tunes that you can download and keep.
-Practice Tracks you can download at multiple tempos.
-Weekly emails with new tutorials, exercises, and creative practice ideas to keep you motivated.
-Monthly Jam Session!

All for $29.99/ month ! (Less than the cost of one lesson)

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Social Scales & Studies for the Violin

Local String Concerts

May 2024

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April 2024

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March 2024

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February 2024

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January 2024

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December 2023

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November 2023

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October 2023

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September 2023

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August 2023

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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.

Rehearsal Location: Blue Springs, MO
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Iola Area Orchestra


The Bowlus Fine Arts Center proudly presents the Iola Area Symphony Orchestra as one of their programs starting in the 2018-19 season. However, it has been a part of our community since 1965. The Orchestra will be performing one concert this year. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7-9 PM in the large rehearsal hall here at the Bowlus. The orchestra is happy to welcome new musicians! If you are interested in joining or would like more information about the orchestra please contact us!

Rehearsal Location: Iola, KS
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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!

Rehearsal Location: Overland Park, KS
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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.

Rehearsal Location: Kansas City, KS
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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.

Rehearsal Location: Lee’s Summit, MO
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Lenexa Community Orchestra

The Lenexa Community Orchestra performs free concerts for the community each summer. The orchestra, which began in 2017 as a program of the Lenexa Arts Council, is made up of volunteer musicians and is led by conductor Richard Ryan.

Rehearsal Location: Lenexa, KS
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Mandolin Orchestra of Kansas City

The Mandolin Orchestra of Kansas City, MOOKC, was formed to provide cultural enrichment, create public interest and encourage participation in the greater Kansas City community by presenting musical performances with an emphasis on the Mandolin family of instruments and their history.

Rehearsal Location: Kansas City, MO
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Medical Arts Symphony

The Medical Arts Symphony began in 1959 when Eleanor Sharp and some of her colleagues at the University of Kansas Medical Center decided to share their avocation of symphonic music with their professions in healthcare. Since its founding, the Symphony has not wavered from its dual mission of providing an opportunity for amateur musicians to perform great works of Western music and enriching the cultural life of Kansas City by presenting free concerts, including premier performances of works by local composers. For thirty years, the orchestra was conducted by Leopold Shopmaker, who was succeeded by Dr. Merton Shatzkin in 1989. John Bell assumed the reins in 2013. Steve Lewis is the current Music Director. Today, the orchestra includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, healthcare students, as well as other musicians from the Kansas City area.

Rehearsal Location: Lawrence, KS
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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.

Rehearsal Location: North Kansas City, MO
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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.

Rehearsal Location: Olathe, KS
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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.

Rehearsal Location: TBA
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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.

Rehearsal Location: Overland Park, KS
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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.

Rehearsal Location: St. Joseph, MO
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Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City

The Mission of the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City is to engage communities by entertaining and educating through music. The Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City performs four concerts a year, all designed to raise awareness and appreciation of well played music. The March concert is always a family concert. This year continues a 30 year history of annual family concerts for The Philharmonia.

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Social Symphony KC

The Social Symphony is a KC-based, community-driven orchestra that started in 2018. We play various events and concerts year-round. While we welcome all walks of life into our symphony we are also simultaneously helping people reconnect with music and community. The SSKC provides a place for us to come together and play again, while making new friends at the same time. We not only play music together, we have several social nights out as well. It’s really all in the name: The Social Symphony.

Rehearsal Location: Downtown Kansas City, MO

Westwood Ensemble

Westwood Ensemble is presently a full orchestra of more than 50 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. We ask members for a $50 donation. No audition fee or required membership fee.  

Rehearsal Location: Westwood, KS
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Local Youth Orchestras

Kansas City Young Chamber Musicians

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Ad Astra - Kansas City's Youth Chamber Orchestra

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Northland Symphony Youth Orchestra

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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.

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