The mission of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra is to connect young audience members with the orchestra through programs like the Orchestra Up Close, Making Music Matters, Mastering Music: Master Class Series, Tickets for Students, Instrument Petting Zoos, and more! Through programs like these, the CSO served nearly 4,000 students in 2015-16 in Columbus and the surrounding area. Help us continue to grow these programs and enrich young lives.
Young People’s Concerts
Recently revived from previous years, Young People’s Concerts are matinee performances during the school week that offer an engaging arts experience as well as many interdisciplinary concepts and ideas for schools, families, and homeschool groups. Each performance has been designed for children in grades K-5 as educational tools to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of classical music. As part of the educational experience, a school resource guide is available for teachers and parents. The suggested activities in the resource guide are aligned with national and state standards and are to be used as introductory and follow-up learning objectives as well as preparing students for their concert experience. Several assignments within the packet can be used as an evaluation tool.
Mastering Music (6-12 Master Class Sessions)
Columbus area music students are invited to attend a master class taught by CSO musicians on technique and artistry. This master class series gives students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience while receiving immediate feedback from professional musicians. This program will give specific insight on soloistic and chamber performance practices as well as one-on-one instruction.
Tickets for Students (K-12)
Each concert season the CSO works with our partners in education to provide complimentary tickets to Columbus area students. We receive requests for hundreds of tickets each season and are able to provide those due to donations from foundations, individuals, and grant funds. The CSO believes this is necessary to continue to cultivate the appreciation of orchestral music to future generations. As part of this program, we encourage participation in Know the Score.
Know the Score (All ages)
Prior to each classical concert, the CSO offers a casual pre-concert talk about the music called ‘Know the Score’ with music conductor George Del Gobbo, and guest artists for the concert. Know the Score includes information about how to listen to classical music, audience etiquette, and the stories behind the music that will be performed that evening. The audience is given a sampling of what to listen for and which instruments to pay particular attention to throughout the concert. These events are open to all ages and require no previous musical knowledge. We encourage local educators to include this as part of their introduction to the CSO through our Tickets for Students program.
Symphony U (9-12+)
Held annually, Symphony U is a series of three classes held on Monday evenings to delve a bit deeper into a chosen subject related to symphonic music. No prior musical experience is required as “Professor” George Del Gobbo leads the lecture series on topics such as How to Listen to a Classical Symphony, What is Romantic Music?, and Scandals in Music. This community engagement course regularly reaches capacity while topics vary from year-to-year.