Education programs

The Orlando Philharmonic offers education programs for all stages of life. A sampling of programs are listed here. to learn more, contact our Education Director.


Tiny Tots is an outreach program that introduces children to the world of music with activities that include singing, dancing, counting, colors, and the alphabet. Sessions are about 30 minutes in length and are fully interactive, offering children the chance to try out instruments and spend time with Philharmonic musicians.*

New in 2015-16, the Symphony Storytime Series music brings stories to life!  By combining well known stories with musical backgrounds, students develop an awareness of classical music, orchestral instruments, and connect with stories on a deeper level.

Before sitting down to enjoy the show, join musicians in the lobby for a character matching game, coloring station, instrument petting zoos and photo opportunities!

Showtimes and information are available at


Notes in Your Neighborhood is an outreach program, offers elementary students the chance to spend one on one time with Philharmonic musicians and volunteers, exploring music and learning how to make music a part of their lives.*

In Symphonic Stories, 2nd grade students team up with musicians and teaching artists to create their own Symphonic Stories using core topics learned in their classrooms.*

Our Young People’s Concerts reaches more than 60,000 students annually, many of whom have never experienced a full orchestral experience. Combining symphonic music, dance, and opera, these programs have been an integral part of music education in Central Florida for several years.


The Overture Series is a special program for aspiring middle and high school
musicians, presented by professional musicians.  The Overture Series brings aspiring young musicians up-close-and-personal with various sections of the orchestra.   During a 45-minute concert, our musicians present musical works for their chamber ensemble, with commentary about rehearsals, challenges, warmups, and more. Your students will leave these performances with new insights about their instruments, and motivation to reach even greater levels of musicianship!

After the concert, principal musicians engage in an informal Q&A session with participants.

High School Orchestra of Distinction


For adults who haven’t lost their childlike wonder for music, the Philharmonic has the Friends’ Music Academy, presented by the Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. These music appreciation courses cover a variety of musical themes and offer unmatched opportunities to music lovers. Learn more about the Friends’ Music Academy on the Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s website.


The Miracle of Music & Your Baby’s Development
Presented as part of the UCF Celebrates the Arts Festival.

Learn more about how music can help you bond with your baby, as well as how it benefits your child’s brain and language development, physical health, mood, and more! Exclusively for expectant parents, this ground-breaking concert will be led by Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Maestro Eric Jacobsen with insights from pediatrician and former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Antonia Novello.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will play timeless music by Brahms, Beethoven, Satie, and others to soothe and stimulate baby and you. UCF faculty members Yun-Ling Hsu, Jeremy Hunt, and JoAnne Stephenson will join the Orchestra to sing lullabies and show tunes. Educational materials about child development and music will be available.
Special thanks to our partners: Walt Disney World Resorts, Florida Technical College,
Kay Hardesty Logan Foundation, and the Mary Palmer Family Foundation.

To access musical works from the concert, click here.   Password:  opo

To access materials presented during the concert, click here..

Annual FREE Concert in Loch Haven Park presented by Dr. Phillips Charities

An annual tradition since 2012, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra partners with Dr. Phillips Charities to present a FREE concert at Loch Haven Park.  This family-friendly event includes free parking, fun pre-show entertainment including instrument try-out stations and a performance by Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds, food trucks, and much more!  The 2016-2017 concert will be announced in Fall 2016, so check back later for more information!

* Note:  Only offered to select partners pending grant funding.