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About the SDCO

About the SDCO

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.

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Season Tickets

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.

Beer & Brandenburgs

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!

Queen City Masquerade

Tickets for the October 28 "Queen City Masquerade" are available via Springfield Regional Opera.


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2016-2017 Concert Season

2017-2018 Season Coming Soon!

Orchestra Musicians


Violin I

Kirsten Weingartner-Weiss, concertmaster
Aleksis Zarins, asst. concertmaster
Timothy Daucher, assoc. concertmaster
Carol Harrison
Carla Geter
Danyal Collins
Bethany Phillips
Juliana Georgiades
Roshelle Pekarek
Anthony Dissmore
Adam Barker
Jacob Austin
Sandra Sue Nierman

Violin II

Erin Hefta Ross, principal
Susan Sponheim
Janet Hopkins
Lisa Fent
Rachel Davis
Ann Davy
Elsa Godding
Leah Richter
Sydney Boyle
Mary Jean Miller
Matthew Hasek
Kaela Funke
Nicole Stepnowski
Johnna Mcglaughlin
Casey Zook
Kim Rowley
Lisa Luu
Leo VanDuren
Abigail High
Danielle Deskin
Nora Vansant
Savannah McCauley
Isabella Fryman


Darrel Barnes, principal
Kathy Murray, asst. principal
Celka Ojakangas
Betsy Dougherty
Hanna Nale
Kerri Raleigh
Jeanne Kierre
Ben Lyford
Susan Robertson
Jessica Cook


Jacque Trtan, principal
Matt Pierce, asst. principal
Bethany Mitchell
Kieran Ojakangas
Melissa Irwin
Erin Diegmann
Kelly Teel
Suzannah Shrenk
Nia Damgova
Lauren Yakel


RIley Robison, principal
David Curtman
Brad Russell
Jeremiah Rupp
Jonathan Smith
Robert Lyford


Laura Elayer Killingsworth, co-principal
Amy Pearcy, co-principal
Jenay Lamy
Emily Keeling


Betsy Nace


Angel McGlasson, principal
Amanda Mills
Julie Combs
Suzanne McGowen


Cameron Wickham, co-principal
Regina Bruner, co-principal
Crystal Blue-Grosvenor, co-principal
Kimberly Edwards


Brent Flimer, principal
Brent Filmer


Johnny Woody, principal
Amy Andreassen
Dale McSwain
John Keister
Erin Cook
Denny Pilant
Scott Mayo
Laura Mudge


Tim Wootton, principal
Kyle Farbman
Carl Yendes
Kristine Harris


Bob Holden, principal
Roger Bown
Shane Knupps
Bob Swanson
Mike Stine


Dwight Davis


Sue Reichling, principal
Kelsey Tamayo
Savannah Russell


Melinda Jones


Jeremy Chesman

Staff & Guest Artists

Christopher Koch

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.

Audition for the SDCO

Players of all orchestral string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments are welcome to audition for the SDCO throughout the year! Although full-time positions are not always available, successful auditionees are placed on our 'sub list' and are called as need arises. To schedule an audition, please:
  1. Prepare two contrasting selections of your choice (etudes, movements of larger pieces, stand-alone works) and, if possible, at least one orchestral excerpt
  2. Please read the "Information for Members" section of the website
  3. Contact Christopher Koch at (417) 873-7298 or to schedule an audition time

Information for Members


Although the SDCO is not a professional ensemble, members are nonetheless charged with upholding the orchestra’s high standards of artistry and citizenship, including:

  • Full attendance at all rehearsals and performances
  • Thorough preparation of parts in advance of the first rehearsal for each concert cycle
  • Providing at least one month notice of any absence (barring serious illness or emergency)
  • Arranging for a substitute player when absence is unavoidable. Whomever is assigned to a given concert is automatically part of the 'sub list' for that concert. Example--3 flutists are assigned to a given concert but only 2 play in any particular piece--the 'extra' player will automatically substitute if needed. When a PRINCIPAL player must be absent, the SECOND player should play principal for that rehearsal and a substitute found for the 2nd part. Please arrange for your substitute before contacting the music director regarding your unavoidable absence (again, at least one month in advance).
  • Autonomous sectionals as needed

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’.

Members Only Access

Access to materials for members is available via:

Note: a password is required, available from the music director.

Support the SDCO

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. 

Donate Online  Download Form

Season Sponsorship (Business or Individual)
$10,000 or more

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 Sponsorship (Business or Individual)
$2000 or more

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 Sponsorship (Business)

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.

Donation (Individual)

Individual donors will be listed in all programs for the forthcoming season.

Ovation ($2000+)
Conductor's Circle ($1000 -1999)
Benefactor ($500-999)
Patron ($250-499)
Donor ($25-249)

Advertising (Business)

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

Download Advertiser Form


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.


Young Artists Competition

Competition Date

Sunday, January 22th, 2017
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.


  • concerto (or like) with orchestral accompaniment
  • one movement or stand alone piece not to exceed 10 minutes


  • Please return this form with your $45 application fee (used to cover costs of judges and music) no later than January 10th.
  • Entrants will be scheduled sequentially (from 12 pm onward) as applications are received
  • If we determine that your intended repertoire is unavailable for purchase/rental or is prohibitively expensive, we will refund your application fee.

Download Competition Application

Competition Procedure/Adjudication

Entrants must:

  1. Perform from memory
  2. Perform with a piano accompanist (arranging for their own accompanist)
  3. Provide 3 copies of the music for the judges

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.


  • Entrants should arrive at least 20 minutes early to check-in; practice rooms will be available for warm-up
  • Auditions are closed (no audience)
  • No contact with the judges is permitted during the competition


  • 1 or 2 winners (or no winner)
  • winner(s) will perform on the SDCO's final concert of the season

Registration Deadline
January 10th, 2016

Please send your completed application and a $45 check payable to "Drury University" to:
Drury University/Music/SDCO
Attn; Christopher Koch
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802