Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra (BCCO)

Age: Adults

Type: Instrumental

Term: Annual

Duration: 30 Weeks

Tuesday: 7:30 – 9:30PM

Price:  $375 / $188 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 that performs the great masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire to contemporary works by living composers. Now in its 20th year, this 60-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 from intermediate to advanced levels, the BCCO presents four to six concerts for the community throughout the year, including a popular family concert performed at the Brooklyn Museum.


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


  • Full year $375
  • January 2024 start $225
  • April start $150


The BCCO currently has openings for all strings and trumpets.
We frequently need subs for all winds and brass, and encourage musicians to get in touch.
New members are invited to audition during the first two weeks of 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. There will be no accompanist.
  • You may be asked to sight-read a small orchestral excerpt.

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

Concert Excerpts