Oakland Civic Orchestra
"In the Heart of Oakland and For the Heart of Oakland"
Artistic Director and Conductor
Oakland Civic Orchestra (OCO) will celebrate its 25th season anniversary in 2016-2017. The orchestra was founded in 1992 by Enric Zappa through the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation. Martha Stoddard was appointed as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor in 1997.
A thriving community orchestra, OCO brings together musicians of all ages and backgrounds from throughout the Bay Area, to share in the joy and magic of music-making. The orchestra maintains a roster of 50 - 65 players who perform high quality, free, and accessible afternoon concerts in the beautiful lakeside setting of Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland. Our programming ranges from presenting beloved symphonic repertoire to showcasing emerging and established talents of local performers and composers.
Offering free and accessible concerts to all is a major part of our mission. We are particularly happy to welcome young children to orchestra concerts in a kid-friendly and comfortable environment with floor seating available. OCO also regularly extends solo opportunities to student musicians, enjoys collaborations with area choral ensembles, and recently served as the pit orchestra for a youth production of Les Miserables.
Oakland Civic Orchestra is supported by the City Of Oakland, by patron donations, and through membership fees. Our fiscal sponsor is the Oakland Parks and Recreations Foundation.
The Oakland Civic Orchestra is proud to announce that we were named a semi-finalist for the Ernst Bacon Award for our performance of Martha Stoddard's Gait Changes.
This award honors outstanding performances of American music by community, youth and professional ensembles.
Our submission is unique in that our conductor is also the composer!
Read about it here:
Wish us luck for the finals!
2016 - 2017 concert dates
- Please visit our "Upcoming Concerts" page for additional details.
October 23, 2016
Three Perspectives on Russia: Rimsky-Korsakov
January 22, 2017
Bach, Vivaldi, Respighi, Stravinsky
March 26, 2017
In Nature's Realm:
Dvorak, Mozart, Brahms
June 4, 2017
Symphony No. 5
Making a tax-deductible donation of any amount to the Oakland Civic Orchestra
is as easy as writing a check!
Checks should be made payable to:
Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation
(be sure to memo: Oakland Civic Orchestra)
and mail to P.O. Box 13267, Oakland CA 94661
Credit card payments can be made to the foundation using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card:
Please note this link does not provide you with the option of designating the orchestra as the recipient.