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We like to say that we've been in tune with Austin since 1977.
The Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) delivers great music experiences to the community, with notable programs to engage youth. Our repertoire consists of diverse styles to suit a wide variety of musical tastes - from traditional classics to pops, and everything in between. Like Austin, our concerts are relaxed, eclectic, and open to residents and tourists alike.

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Phone Number: 512-200-2261
Address: PO Box 27132
Austin, TX 78655
In order to thrive, classical music must change and grow with the times. The ACO is expanding our youth outreach initiatives in order to cultivate the next generation of classical music aficionados! Learn more at

Impact Statement

Education and outreach means that the Austin Civic Orchestra can inspire a new generation of classical music enthusiasts. Last season, our donors made it possible for more than 260 youth to gain free admission to the Austin Civic Orchestra's concerts. In March, we offered the first Paint to Music contest for K-12 students in partnership with Austin Creative Arts Center and Austin-area schools. More than 1,300 students participated by creating artwork inspired by Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. The ACO needs your support to sustain this program. New this season, we are giving five promising musicians the opportunity to be in a brass quintet chamber ensemble. And finally, we want to continue our tradition of offering one children's concert every season with free admission for the entire family!

Needs Statement

The ACO is committed to offering free admission to youth 18 and under. A gift of $100 covers the cost of admission for 10 youth patrons.

Paint to Music offers K-12 students the chance to create artwork inspired by classical music. A gift of $250 pays for finalist awards and an art show reception.

The annual Amster Chamber Music Program gives five young, local musicians (ages 18 and under) the opportunity to make music in a chamber ensemble and with the ACO. A gift of $500 covers the cost of music coaches to work with the youth.

A gift of $600 defrays the cost of music purchase and rental for our annual free children's concert that includes an engaging, kid-friendly music selection and an interactive instrument zoo.
What our audience members are saying:

"Lovely program choice for families - upbeat, uplifting."

"Absolutely wonderful! Rich program choice for children of any age. The orchestra was brilliant!"

"Engaging and exhilarating. Great way to introduce young children to musical arts."

"The pre-concert instrument zoo was fantastic! It was an excellent opportunity for our kids to try out an array of instruments."
Ushers help set the stage for a great concert experience. They are the first people to greet our patrons and the last to see them leave. They also have the opportunity to hear ACO concerts for free while volunteering!

Usher duties include:
Distributing and collecting programs
Directing patrons to their seats and helping them navigate concert facilities
Collecting audience member surveys
Assisting with intermission and post-concert receptions (as needed)