Now Accepting String Players!

String Players:

If you are available for our upcoming  concert and rehearsal dates, please email Jennifer Landis as soon as possible.

Concert: January 13, 2019 3:00 PM


Friday January  4 at 7:00pm

Tuesday January 8 at 7:00pm

Friday, January  11 at 7:00pm

If you are unavailable for the upcoming concert, but would like to be considered in the future, please let us know. 

Buffalo Civic Orchestra

(716) 940-0646

About Us

The Buffalo Civic Orchestra is the newest orchestral ensemble in Western New York. Unlike the other orchestras in this area, the Buffalo Civic Orchestra is not a year-round ensemble meeting on a weekly basis.

It is, instead, an orchestra that is assembled for special concerts and events requested by area churches and educational institutions. There is no financial obligation to be a member of the orchestra.

The orchestra is conducted by veteran Western New Yorker, John H. Landis. The Concertmaster of the orchestra is well-known violinist and educator Gregory Docenko. The personnel is drawn from a pool of free-lance adult musicians, and specially selected talented student musicians.


BCO John H. Landis LIVE Debut Concert, Faure Pavane

BCO LIVE Debut Concert

BCO John H. Landis LIVE Debut Concert, Dvorak Dances 6, 8

BCO John H. Landis Schubert 8 mvmt 1

BCO John H. Landis LIVE Debut Concert Schubert 8, First Movement

Winter Concert

Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM


St. John the Baptist Church

168 Chestnut St.

Lockport, NY 14094


The Overture Project:

Ambroise Thomas: Overture to Raymond

Sir Arthur Sullivan: Overture to Ruddigore

Franz von Suppé: Poet & Peasant Overture

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony No. 100 ("Military")

Alexander Borodin: On the Steppes of Central Asia

Johann Strauss Jr.: Artist's Life Waltzes

Peter Van Anrooy: Piet Hein Rhapsody (Variations on a Famous Dutch Tune)

John H. Landis, Music Director

John Landis, a native of Chicago, was raised in Cleveland. He studied piano, trumpet, timpani, theory and conducting there and at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. He earned a B.M. from the Eastman School of Musicin Rochester, NY.  There, he was a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Eastman Philharmonia, often appearing as a conductor of light operas. His principal conducting teachers have been John Farinacci, Orien Dalley, George Szell, Howard Hanson, Frederick Fennell and Josef Blatt.

After military service with the U.S. Air Force musical units in Washington, Mr. Landis headed to New York for a position as conductor and tour manager for the Boris Goldovsky Opera Theatre. From 1970 to 1972, John held the position of Assistant Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  He continued performing with the BPO as a conductor, arranger, percussionist, and keyboard player until 1983. He also taught at the University of Buffalo and was Music Director of the Niagara Falls Philharmonicand the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra.

While in Albuquerque, NM for seven years, Landis was a University of New Mexico music professor, conductor of opera and ballet throughout the southwest and California, and program director for classical radio station KHFM. He returned to Buffalo in 1990 as a program host/announcer for WNED-FM. WNED programs hosted by Landis included the “afternoon drive” program, and a ‘new-releases’ program entitled What's New? Until his February 2009 retirement, he also served as music adviser for Music from Chautauqua.

Mr. Landis was conductor/music director of the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra from 1991 to 2015, is currently Music Director of (716) TROMBONES and WNY’s Buffalo Civic Orchestra.

John is widely respected for his vast knowledge of classical music, and is one of Buffalo’s finest conductors, musicologists, and piano accompanists.

Gregory Docenko, Concertmaster

Gregory Docenko is a professional violinist, composer, arranger, entertainer, and music teacher in Western New York.  With a performing career spanning decades, Mr. Docenko is currently Concertmaster of the S.E.M. New Music Ensemble and the Buffalo Civic Orchestra. He is former Concertmaster of the Genesee Symphony Orchestra. Greg also holds violinist positions at the Clarence Summer Orchestra, the Camerata di Sant’Antonio Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond String Quartet, and as a substitute with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. 

As a soloist, Greg has appeared with the S.E.M. New Music Ensemble, the Buffalo New Music Ensemble, the Buffalo Civic Orchestra, and his own Johann Strauss Orchestra of Buffalo, which he also conducts.

As a teacher, Mr. Docenko specializes in stringed instruments, and brings over thirty-five years of experience in both Suzuki and traditional methods. In addition to his own private teaching studio, Greg is currently an educator at Twin Village Music, Sacred Heart Academy, and the NSOA-ASTA String Conference at SUNY Fredonia. Before retiring from Buffalo State College, Greg taught at the Buffalo Community Music School, Southtowns Suzuki Strings, Niagara Falls Community Music School, Orchard Park Boosters Summer String Program, and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Award-winning musician, Greg Docenko  performs  a wide variety of musical genres, including classical, liturgical, jazz improvisation, as well as ethnic and ‘gypsy’ music.  He is well known as a “strolling violinist” with the ability to play any request, regardless of difficulty/obscurity.  Greg has been described as “a great entertainer!” “can play all styles off the top of his head,” “amazing!” “what variety!” “a mix of Heifetz, Liberace, Grappelli, & Charlie Daniels!”


First Violin

Gregory Docenko, Concertmaster

Nancy Benz

Mary Kate Ells

Loren Milne

Jenna Noreck

Julia Quebral

Angel Rhodes

Rebecca Torres

Kim Whitney

Second Violin

KaRynn Clouser

Joanna Dickinson

Neha Flier

Judith Hirsch

Brianne Ingrao

Jessica Kielb

Lena Pasqualetti

Maureen Reed

Holly Zimmerman


Helen Butler-Ceppaglia

Anton Docenko

Laura Jay

Camille Kelly

Karly Masters

Alicia Pucci

Elena Smith


Margaret Beyer

Jeffrey Carroll

Michael D’Arrigo

James Garvey

Gavin Ingrao

Ed Sobczak


Marc Cousins

Noah Steele

Jake Thurston

Robert Webster

Blake Wilson


Ivan Docenko

Winds, Brass & Percussion


Angela Lombardo

Erin Keppner


Christine Ford

Craig Incontro


Megan Blake

Katherine Jarvis


Friedrich Albrecht

Jacqueline Ellmauer


Glenn Snowden

Lee Brusino

Justin McMullen

Marissa Gribbin


Stephen Budnack

Albert Schlisserman


Jennifer Landis

Michael Broome

Alexei Gulakiw



Gary Rutkowski


Andrew Anable

Stephen Lattimore



Jennifer Landis

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