The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra has received a national honor for their performances.
The orchestra has been awarded the 2019 American Prize in Orchestral Performance in the community orchestra division.
“We 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,” director Christopher 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 designed to “recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles, and composers in the United States.” The prize was first awarded in 2009.
The SDCO is made up of over 100 professional musicians, Drury students, and local community musicians. The group plays well-known orchestral arrangements plus they have been the debut orchestra for a number of new orchestral compositions.