The Orlando Philharmonic’s commitment to education is unwavering, offering a diverse range of programs for children and adults. Click below to learn more about each program.
Each year 56,000 third, fourth and fifth grade students from Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties enjoy this introduction to symphonic music, opera and ballet. Curriculum materials, designed in collaboration with Orange County Public Schools, ensure the program’s goals align with Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. These exciting performances, held at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, provide valuable cultural experiences and inroads to other academic subjects, including literature and history. Read more about Young People’s Concerts.
Led by Philharmonic musicians and volunteer mentors, Notes In Your Neighborhood engages underserved students at local Title 1 schools in creative, hands-on musical activities during the high-risk hours of 3 to 5 p.m. The five-week program culminates in a high-energy concert, after which each student enjoys snacks and conversation with a musician mentor. Engaging music instruction and close mentorships provide long-lasting impact, inspiring many at-risk students to take up music lessons. Read more about Notes In Your Neighborhood.
Tiny Tots is an in-school residency for underserved preschoolers, addressing important literacy skills while introducing children to the thrill of live music. Philharmonic musicians visit nonprofit daycares in Central Florida, bringing storybooks to life through interactive performances, lessons, and activities. The orchestra’s Education Director works with teachers to prepare curriculum materials that support literacy objectives. Read more about the Tiny Tots Program
The National Young Composers Challenge is a composition program that gives aspiring young musician composers, age 13 to 18, an exclusive opportunity to explore symphonic composition. Students work with nationally acclaimed composers in a free, full-day workshop and then write their own original composition over the course of several months, submitting final compositions for judging. Winning compositions are premiered by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in a public concert. The Challenge fosters artistic growth, passion and talent and paves the way for future careers in music composition. Read more about the National Young Composers Challenge.
A music appreciation series for adults, The Friends’ Music Academy “Sounds of Music” Series is driven by the passion of curious volunteers and patrons, has attracted more and more attendees each year. Led by Philharmonic musicians, conductors, composers and other experts in the music field, the series provides music appreciation classes that are both educational and entertaining. All proceeds raised for Friends’ music appreciation courses benefit the orchestra. To learn more about all the Friends’ events, visit the Friends of the Philharmonic website.
Prior to each orchestra concert at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando Philharmonic subscribers and concert attendees are invited to attend free pre-concert conversations. These events begin one hour prior to each concert. Featured speakers include the evening’s conductor and guest artists. Read more about Pre-Concert Conversations.