Founded in 2005, the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra is southwest Missouri’s regional civic orchestra. Comprising more than 100 talented professionals, students, and enthusiasts, the SDCO presents a yearly concert season of great orchestral masterworks.
Performances are held on the campus of Drury University (900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO), Evangel University Chapel Auditorium, and at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall (Missouri State).
In recent years, the orchestra has been a prizewinner in the national American Prize Competition and collaborated with numerous regional artists and organizations.
If you are interested in helping to support the SDCO, please see the “Support the SDCO” section of the website.
Season tickets are now available for purchase online!
Please note that season tickets are available for pickup only, available at the front desk an hour before any concert event.
Tickets for our October 11 "Beer and Brandenburgs" are $10 for all patrons and will be available at the door at the Mother's Brewery Tasting Room. Please visit the Mother's Facebook Event for more information!
Tickets for the October 28 "Queen City Masquerade" are available via Springfield Regional Opera.
Kirsten Weingartner-Weiss, concertmaster
Erin Hefta Ross, principal
Darrel Barnes, principal
Jacque Trtan, principal
RIley Robison, principal
Laura Elayer Killingsworth, co-principal
Angel McGlasson, principal
Cameron Wickham, co-principal
Brent Flimer, principal
Johnny Woody, principal
Tim Wootton, principal
Bob Holden, principal
Sue Reichling, principal
Music Director & Conductor
Christopher Koch is currently associate professor of music and Director of Orchestras and Wind Symphony at Drury University, Music Director of the Springfield Regional Opera, Music Director of the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, and was Music Director of Ensemble 21, Springfield’s professional contemporary music ensemble. Under his direction, Drury ensembles have toured regionally, participated in national composition commissions, and performed at the conventions of both the Missouri Music Educator’s Association and Arkansas Music Educators Association. He received his Bachelor of Music degrees in flute performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music, Master of Music degrees in flute and orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Washington. He has conducted orchestras across the United States and is increasingly active as an early music specialist on recorder, including recital and concerto performances throughout the midwest and appearances at conferences of the College Music Society. In 1996, he received the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Australia, where he was an active conductor and adjudicator. He is also a contributing author for the book series A Composer’s Insight: Thoughts, Analysis, and Commentary on Comtemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band (Meredith Music Publications). Dr. Koch resides in Springfield with his wife Danielle and daughter Ella.
Although the SDCO is not a professional ensemble, members are nonetheless charged with upholding the orchestra’s high standards of artistry and citizenship, including:
Members enjoy free access to music, study scores and recordings, and masterclasses with visiting guest artists.
Collegiate and high school musicians are welcome in the SDCO. However, those individuals participating in ‘home ensembles’ (high school or collegiate ensembles) or the SSYO must prioritize ‘home events’ over SDCO functions. Further, high school students must take part in their school orchestra/band program to be considered for SDCO membership (exceptions only where home ensemble membership is impossible).
Dress for all performances is ‘concert black’.
Access to materials for members is available via:
Note: a password is required, available from the music director.
We have no paid staff, and our concerts are one-third the cost of other arts groups. You make the SDCO possible! Please consider becoming a sponsor, donor or advertiser!
You can donate online (please specify Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra in the gift designation box). You may also download the donation form and mail it with your payment.
This year, we offer a unique opportunity to help support an entire season of SDCO events. Season sponsors will be mentioned in all programs, in season posters, on our web and Facebook pages, and in KSMU radio/tv spots if allowed by the station. Corporate/business sponsors will also receive a full-page ad in all of the upcoming season's concert programs and may submit their logo for inclusion on our website.
Concert sponsors will receive named credit for their sponsorship on the cover of the relevant program, in public relations materials, and on the website for the upcoming season. You will also be listed in the "Ovation" section of our donor list, and corporate/business donors will receive a full-page ad in all of the upcoming season's concert programs. Corporate/business sponsors may also submit their logo for inclusion on our website.
General sponsors will receive a full-page ad in all of the upcoming season's concert programs and will be listed as a donor at the appropriate level. General sponsors may also submit their logo for inclusion on our website.
Individual donors will be listed in all programs for the forthcoming season.
Conductor's Circle ($1000 -1999)
A great way to support the arts and reach our community! Ads will run in all programs for the forthcoming season.
A half page ad (3.5x4.5) = $250
All sponsorships, donations, and advertisements are implemented the following season and must be paid at the time of pledge. Final deadline is August 25th. For example, a donation/sponsorship/ad arranged in early-middle 2016 will be implemented in Fall 2016, the beginning of the new season.
Sunday, January 24th, 2016
12pm - complete
Clara Thompson Hall, Drury University
All players of standard orchestral instruments, piano, and saxophone through Grade 12 currently:
A resident of SW Missouri or NW Arkansas (MO: McDonald, Newton, Jasper, Barton, Vernon, St. Clair, Cedar, Dade, Lawrence, Barry, Stone, Taney, Ozark, Douglas, Christian, Greene, Webster, Wright, LaClede, Camden, Miller, Hickory, Polk, Dallas counties; AR: Benton, Carroll, Washington, Madison counties)
A student of a member of the Springfield Symphony or faculty at Drury, Evangel, MSU, SBU, College of the Ozarks, Central Bible College, Missouri Southern State University
A member of the Springfield Youth Symphony
Winners are NOT eligible to compete again the year after their successful audition; winners MAY compete again the 2nd year after their successful audition.
Failure to comply with #'s 1-3 above will result in disqualification without refund of application fee!
All entrants will receive comment sheets from the judges, mailed within two weeks of the competition's conclusion.
January 10th, 2016
Please send your completed application and a $45 check payable to "Drury University" to:
Attn; Christopher Koch
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802