OCO 2022 High School Scholarship Winner
Liora McCoy, Violin

For the first time since 2020, the Olathe Community Orchestra is pleased to showcase a talented high school student on our spring concert! Violinist Liora McCoy, a senior at Olathe West High School, auditioned for and won the Olathe Community Orchestra’s Annual High School Scholarship Competition last month. The OCO was forced to cancel its 2020-2021 season and scholarship competition due to the pandemic.

Liora will perform Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens with the OCO on Sunday, April 24, 2022, 3:00 pm, at Grace United Methodist Church, 11485 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe. The concert is free and open to the public. Masks are recommended.

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About Liora McCoy

Liora McCoy is a senior at Olathe West High School and has played the violin since she was ten years old. She has been the concertmistress of the concert orchestra and the chamber orchestra during her time at Olathe West. She also is a soprano in the school's chamber choir and has been an avid member of the Olathe Youth Symphony for the past six years. Other notable achievements include: receiving a 1 rating at state every year applicable and being selected to perform with the Piano Guys in 2018. When not practicing, Liora enjoys crocheting, drawing, painting, writing, and pretty much anything artistic. Liora will be attending the University of Kansas next year to study Music Performance, and hopes to pursue a career as a soloist. 

OCO High School Scholarship Competition

Each year, the Olathe Community Orchestra provides an opportunity for talented high school musicians in the Olathe area to audition for a chance to perform a solo with the orchestra and receive a scholarship. Past winners have included violinists, violists, cellists, percussionists, a bassist, and a flutist. For information about the scholarship competition and an audition application, see OCO Scholarship Competition.