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Frequently Asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Kelowna Community Concert Association (KCCA)

 

 

What is the KCCA?

The KCCA is a registered non-profit society that provides for members (subscribers) an annual five-concert season of national and international performers. 

How do I become a member?

 

For the current 2023-24 season, just two concerts remain. If you're interested in joining us for those last two concerts, at a reduced cost, please contact our membership director, Deb Meldram, at memberships@kelownacommunityconcerts.org.

 

Looking ahead to the next full season: Anyone can become a member by paying a one-year membership fee, which entitles you to a five-concert season pass.

The cost for the upcoming 2024-25 season remains unchanged at  $120 per person, with student prices available from $30 and $60.

 

We will begin accepting membership subscriptions after the new season program is announced at the March 25, 2024 concert. If you act between March 26 and April 30, you can enjoy a $10-discount off the cost of your full-price adult pass. 

      I am currently a season-pass holder. How do I renew?  

If you are already a KCCA member, watch for an email on March 26, describing next season's program and explaining how to renew your membership for 2024-25.

 

(Please note that we only mail out our membership renewal forms to existing members who do not have an e-mail address.)

 

If you are not yet a KCCA member, you'll be able to contact us by way of a registration form on our website, and we will get back to you with precise instructions for payment.

 

Why are your season pass prices so low?

 

KCCA is run entirely by volunteers, which eliminates the need for paid staff and office space. Admission to our concerts is simply by showing your KCCA membership card (which serves as a season pass) at the entrance to the theatre. There is also no assigned seating, which eliminates the need for a box office. 

Do you ever sell out of season passes?  

 

In the past, we were limited by the 853 seats in the Kelowna Community Theatre, which meant we carried a waiting list of several hundred names every year. Ahead of the 2023-24 season, we moved to the much-larger Evangel Church Auditorium at 3261 Gordon Drive, and were thus able to welcome more than 1,000 members.

 

At this time we are not planning to accept too many more members, in part to allow our volunteers to adjust to the larger capacity of the new venue. We are also working to curb gridlock on the church parking lot before and after performances. 

 

If a new waiting list forms, we would take your name and notify you, if and when a spot becomes available. 

 

How do I pick up my season pass?  

 

No need!  We will mail you your season pass in August, one month before the first concert. 

 

About KCCA Concerts

How do you select your performers?

 

Our Programming Committee, which represents the KCCA membership’s demographic in age and performing-arts interests, selects only performers of national and international stature for our concerts. We work hard to present an annual lineup of musical performances that are varied in scope, from classical to modern jazz. Dance performances vary from classical ballet to modern.

When are the concerts presented?

A concert season typically runs from September to May.

Where are the concerts held?  

 

Our concerts are held in the Evangel Church Auditorium at 3261 Gordon Drive (south of KLO Road). Free parking is available for all KCCA concerts. 

 

What time do the concerts start?  

 

Concerts are held on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. or Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. 

 

Do you have reserved seating?  

 

No, you may sit wherever you like, with family and friends. We do, however, have special seating to accommodate people with mobility needs; please just contact us in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. 

 

Information on Partial Seasons

 

 

Can I select and pay for individual concerts?  

 

No, unfortunately we do not sell single-event passes. 

 

Our subscription-based model gives us the stable, upfront revenues we need in order to assemble and deliver a balanced, varied and innovative five-concert program lineup, at an incredibly affordable price. 

 

This special model, unique in Kelowna, has enabled us to sell out our season year after year, for more than half a century. 

 

Well, that — plus the hard work of our many volunteers. And they, by the way, pay the same admission price as everyone else.

 

 

I just moved here and the concert season is already underway.  What should I do?

 

If you are joining us after the start of the season, and if we still have space, we may be able to offer you a pro-rated price for the remaining concerts of the season.

 

For example, if you joined anytime in 2023, the cost would be $120. If you arrived after Jan. 1, 2024, you may be able to obtain a pass for $60 for the two remaining concerts of the season. This, however, is at the discretion of our Director of Memberships, as it is only possible if we have space available.

 

The advantage of obtaining at least a partial season pass is that it puts you in line to receive our spring information about enrolment for the following year.

 

 

What if I can’t attend a performance?  

 

We encourage you to “pass the pass”! Simply arrange to lend your pass to a friend or colleague. And, unless you’re lending your pass for the final concert of the season, make sure you get it back again afterwards!

 

If you can’t find someone to enjoy the concert in your place, please e-mail us. We maintain a waiting list if our season is sold out, and can often offer an unused pass to someone on the list. 

 

This is great news for the lucky recipient of your pass. It also brings in a bit of extra revenue for KCCA. And inviting newcomers to our performances is a great form of advertising!

 

 

I have a guest coming from out of town on a concert night. Is there any way to invite her along to this one event?

 

If you have other local friends who are KCCA pass holders, but who are unable to attend that night, your guest is certainly welcome to borrow their pass.

 

On occasion, pass holders advise us in advance if they will be unable to use their pass for a given concert. In that case, we are able to repurpose their spots for a reasonable fee. Contact us if this situation might work for you.

At the discretion of the Director of Memberships, you may also be able to purchase a single-event pass for your guest for $35.

 

 

 

KCCA Membership

 

 

I used to have an annual membership in the KCCA; what happened to that?

 

When you buy a season pass, you automatically become a member for that year of the KCCA, a non-profit society registered in British Columbia. This entitles you to attend the five concerts in the season in which you are a member. 

 

As a member of the society, you are also entitled to attend and vote at our annual general meeting, and to be eligible for election to our board of directors.

 

 

Gifts, Donations and Volunteering

 

 

Do you sell gift certificates?  

 

Yes, we have gift certificates for sale year-round. They’re a great idea for Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day and anniversaries.  Please e-mail us for details.

 

 

Do you accept donations to the KCCA?  

 

Yes, and thank you for supporting the arts in Kelowna. 

 

Every year, the KCCA in turn donates two $500 scholarships to students of the Kelowna Community Music School. For further information, please contact us.

 

 

Can I volunteer for the KCCA?

 

Members of KCCA may, indeed, volunteer to work in the organization, and there are a wide variety of interesting positions to fill. Since the KCCA has no paid staff, our talented volunteers are the reason for our success. 

 

Volunteers do everything from planning and promoting each concert season to welcoming members at the door. 

 

Each volunteer knows that, without staffing and office overhead, their efforts are contributing to a high standard of concert experience at a very affordable price.

 

We get no outside funding from anyone — government or private-sector sponsors. In other words, we always need fresh and energetic volunteers.

 

If you are interested in joining us, please contact us and tell us what interests you have, and skills you could share.

 

For More Information

How can I get more information?

Our website, kelownacommunityconcerts.org, provides up-to-date information about upcoming performances. 

 

You can also visit us at facebook.com/kelownacommunityconcerts

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