Oakland Civic Orchestra 

Martha Stoddard,
Artistic Director and Conductor


Oakland Civic Orchestra
 (OCO), under the direction of
Martha Stoddard, Artistic Director and Conductor, is a volunteer community orchestra bringing together musicians of all ages and backgrounds to share in the joy and magic of music-making. Founded in 1992, OCO is funded by the City of Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation, and by the members themselves.

Oakland Civic Orchestra performs four concerts each year, and our members come from cities throughout the Bay Area to participate. The orchestra currently is at a membership of 50, with complete wind, brass and percussion sections. Players range in skills and experience from intermediate to professional levels.


2015 - 2016 concert dates

May 17, 2015
  • German Masterworks for Chorus and Orchestra
  • Location: Laney College

November 8, 2015

January 24, 2016

March 2016
(exact date tbc)

May 22, 2016
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Most of our concerts take place at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA (unless otherwise noted on our "Upcoming Concerts" page).

Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland CA

New members are always welcome in the string section; interested string players should call or email for more information prior to attending rehearsal.

Winds, Brass and Percussion are accepted by audition as vacancies occur. Interested players are encouraged to contact the Director to learn about vacancies and arrange an informal audition.

Please direct all inquiries to ococonductor@yahoo.com
Admission to the Orchestra is at the discretion of the Director.

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Click here to download the Oakland Civic Orchestra Member Handbook.