2014 - 2015 Concert Season

Embracing the Classics. Exploring the Future.

During 2014-2015, the ACO will continue to embrace the classics as well as explore the future.  

Music Director Lois Ferrari believes that in order for classical music to truly realize its potential as a relevent and important art form it must embrace its future as much as its past. With this in mind, the ACO will continue to experiment with programming that presents beloved classics alongside new and eclectic works, some of which might be considered off-beat, cross-genre, or even radical. We are also planning to present pre-concert talks by Dr. Ferrari and guest artists, as well as reserved seats within the Orchestra for a few lucky audience members who win the golden ticket!

Pearl Amster Youth
Concerto Competition

Calling all talented youth!  The Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Competition is now accepting applications.  This is a chance to win college scholarship assistance and to play with a full symphony orchestra.  The Amster Competition page is full of information.

News & Notes


2014 American Prize

Both the ACO and conductor Lois Ferrari have been named finalists for the 2014 American Prize! See the list of community orchestra finalists here and the list of conducting finalists here.


Auditions for ACO

Would you like to play with the Austin Civic Orchestra?  Auditions for the violin and string bass sections will be held on August 19th at Westlake High School.

Please e-mail Dr. Lois Ferrari if you are interested in auditioning at that time.  Click here for more information on auditioning.


Arts Eclectic
Big thanks to Mike Lee and  KUT Austin for featuring the ACO on Arts Eclectic on April 24! Our Music Director, Lois Ferrari, got to sit down and talk about our concert on April 26th, Texas Rising Stars. Click the link below to listen to the whole interview:




Check out the newsletter about the Texas Rising Stars concert!


Composition Contest Winner

Composer Michael Gilbertson has won the biennial composition contest with his piece Tragedy Tomorrow.  Check out his webpage and listen to the piece the ACO will perform during the 2014-2015 season.