Oakland Civic Orchestra 
"In the Heart of Oakland and For the Heart of Oakland" 

Martha Stoddard,
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.

2015 - 2016 concert dates

November 8, 2015
  Destiny & Fate

January 24, 2016
A Tribute to Sibelius

March 13, 2016
  On American Soil

May 22, 2016
  with Oakland City Chorus

    * Most of our concerts take place at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA.

    * 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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