Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra wins American Prize in Orchestral Performance

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., September 16, 2019 — The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, under the musical direction of Christopher Koch, was recently announced as the winner of the 2019 American Prize in Orchestral Performance in the community orchestra division from a pool of applicants across the United States.

The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra was founded by Koch in 2005 and quickly became known as southwest Missouri’s regional civic orchestra. The orchestra is made up of over 100 talented professionals, students, and enthusiasts. The SDCO presents a yearly concert season of great orchestral masterworks, often performing regional premieres of newly composed works as well as masterworks of the orchestral canon.

After a lengthy application process, the SDCO was pleased to receive first place for The American Prize in Orchestral Performance. “We (SDCO) submitted recordings of works from concerts from the last few seasons. The competition takes about 12 months to progress through applicant, semi-final, final, and winner stages,” Koch said. “The orchestra enjoys strong regional and national recognition, and now international attention from our recordings of Verdi’s Otello from last year’s collaboration with the Springfield Regional Opera.”

The American Prize is the nation’s most comprehensive series of non-profit competitions in the performing arts, unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.

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