Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra (BCCO)

Age: Adults

Type: Instrumental

Term: Annual

Duration: 30 Weeks

Tuesday: 7:30 – 9:30PM

Price:  Full year starting in September: $405 | January/February 2024 start: $250 | April start: $165 / TBD with private lessons


Location: St. John’s Church – Park Slope

The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra is a passionate and diverse group of dedicated amateur and professional musicians who perform the great masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire, from Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky to contemporary works by living composers. Now in our 22st year, the members of the BCCO feel more keenly than ever the profound joys of playing and sharing some of the world’s most beautiful music.  The 65-member ensemble is composed of players from all walks of life, from your child’s middle school art teacher to a law professor or your local barista. Open by audition to adult orchestral musicians who play at an advanced level, the BCCO presents four to six concerts for the community throughout the year, including a popular family concert pat the Brooklyn Museum.


All rehearsals are on Tuesdays at St John’s Church, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, unless otherwise noted. Rehearsals begin Tuesday September 10.   St John’s is at 139 St John’s Place in Park Slope.  Contact: Dorothy Savitch, Music Director, at

BCCO Registration information 2024-2025:

  • Full year starting in September: $405; January/February 2024 start: $250;  April start: $165
  • Sliding scale available of $250, $195, $140 or $85. Please pay the amount that fits your budget.
  • There is an additional $45 charge to process all registrations.


Interested musicians are invited to audition during August and early September and throughout the year by appointment.

Auditioners will be asked to prepare two excerpts: one slow with legato bowing or tonguing, and one fast, more off-the-string or staccato. Can be a Bach partita movement, an etude, a sonata or concerto excerpt.  About two minutes of each, preferably from two different time periods. There will be no accompanist.

For further information contact the Music Director, Dorothy Savitch, at

Selected programs from past seasons:

June 2023
Boulanger: “D’un Matin de Printemps”
Mozart: Piano concerto no. 21, Alexander Liu, piano
Brahms: Symphony no. 1

June 2022
Gipps: “Seascape” for Double Wind Quintet
Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
Brahms: Double concerto for violin and cello, Luis Casal, violin and Isaac Casal, cello

December 2021
Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow
Chevalier de St. Georges: Sinfonie Concertante, with members of the BKCM Suzuki Advanced String Ensemble
Still: Afro-American Symphony

March 2017
Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody
Mozart: arias from the Magic Flute, Victor Starsky, tenor
Lew: Third Rhapsody: “Song of Wandering Aengus”, Victor Starsky, tenor
Beethoven: Symphony no. 6

March 2007
Ellington: Three Black Kings
Copland: A Lincoln Portrait (Jeffrey Wright, narrator)
Dvorak: Symphony #9 from the New World

April 2005
Cowell: Old American Country Set
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Richard Thompson, piano)
Thompson: Voices
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances 2 & 5