Education and Community Engagement programs
There’s music for all ages – come and hear for yourself at the concert hall and beyond! We invite you to experience the joy of music through the many award-winning programs for students and educators the Oregon Symphony has to offer. Our Education and Community Engagement programs bring music alive for audiences of all ages in Oregon and Southwest Washington in schools, libraries, and care facilities, as well as the concert hall.
Winner of the 2005 MetLife Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, our programs reach 40,000 children and adults locally. Our teaching resources are accessed online by educators world-wide.
Schools and teachers
The Oregon Symphony offers ensemble-based and full orchestra concerts for public, private, and home school students, including Kinderkonzerts (for students grades K-2) and Young People’s Concerts (grades 3-8).
Deepen the experience for your students by taking advantage of our free education resources.
Share the experience of live orchestral music with the children in your life! Oregon Symphony Kids Concerts, designed for audiences between the ages of 5 and 10, are held three times per year in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall; for audiences under 5 years of age, Symphony Storytimes are held at public libraries, where an Oregon Symphony musician helps a library reader to tell a story!
In the Community
The Oregon Symphony engages with communities in both performance and education settings each year, while members of the Oregon Symphony frequently visit schools and classrooms for engagement activities, and work with student musicians in master classes and coachings. Our musicians work with music therapists to bring music and movement to residential care facilities with the musicNOW program. Our Studio to School Project with David Douglas School District is made possible by a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. Our Artist in Residence serves as the organization’s ambassador-at-large, helping the Symphony share the joy of music with as wide and as diverse a population as possible.
At the Hall
Our popular Concert Conversations with Music Director Carlos Kalmar and hosts of All Classical Portland take place in the concert hall one hour prior to each Classical Series concert. Thirty minutes prior to Classical Series concerts and Kids Concerts, Prelude Performances in the lobby feature young, aspiring musicians from around the region.