About Us

Our Organization

Kokomo Community Concerts is a non-profit organization that has been bringing world class entertainment to the community since 1957.  This season we will be hosting six shows with diverse acts from around the world.  Check out our Shows Page to see performance information.

Notable past performances include the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Time for Three, The Abrams Brothers, The Side Street Strutters, Chinese Acrobats and the Platters. We’ve also hosted the Purdue Glee Club, symphony orchestras, spectacular Broadway reviews, and much more!

It is our mission to enrich our community through the live performing arts.  Our organization works with the Kokomo School Corporation each year to provide performance and outreach concerts to students of Kokomo and Howard County area schools.  To schedule an outreach concert visit or field trip for your students, please contact us for more information.

We thank all of our area businesses and community members who donate funds or support us by purchasing advertisements for our program booklets.

Media inquiries can be answered by our Publicity Chair:
Mary Rusch – (765) 453-0818
publicity@kokomocommunityconcerts.org

Organization History

Kokomo held its first Community Concert series in 1957-58. In the early years, only two concerts would be announced. For example, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the noted singer, Dorothy Maynor, appeared for a season in the early 60s. Season memberships were sold, and two other concerts were then added on the basis of the total pre-season sales. Season tickets for adults were $10; tickets for individual concerts were not available.

The early history is rather hazy. Several prominent citizens took the initiative to contact the Community Concert Association in New York and establish the Association in Kokomo. Of the original founders, Mrs. Ruthmarie Owen was one of the longest-serving members of the board, and Dr. Frank Stein served from the mid-sixties through 2014. Hundreds of local citizens have held positions on the Board over the years to make KCC what it is today: Kokomo’s best offering for international music!

The concerts were initially held in the old downtown high school, with occasional performances at Grace Methodist Church. When IUK moved to its present campus, concerts were scheduled in the 900-seat Havens Auditorium. Later, after Haworth High School was built, the concerts were shifted to the larger, 1100-seat school auditorium.

Throughout its local history, KCC has presented hundreds of fine concerts featuring national and international stars and ensembles, including such notables as William Warfield, Robert Merrill, the DeCormier Singers, the St. Petersburg Ballet, Ruth Laredo, and the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats, to name just a few. Our current practice is to announce the entire series in advance, usually six attractions, and in addition to season memberships, allow the general public to attend any individual concerts for $20.

The generosity of the Community Foundation of Howard County, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, the Indiana Arts Commission and other public-spirited citizens/patrons has enabled our outstanding seasons to still be offered to all local music lovers at a low cost for the entire season. Attendance has been climbing over the years, and while some attractions are bigger names than others, our mission remains constant. We bring world class family entertainment at an affordable price.