Oregon Symphony


Education & Community

Studio to School Project

Completing our second year of the Studio to School Project partnership with the David Douglas School District, we continued to enhance an already-vigorous culture of music education by bringing performance, student coaching, and teacher mentoring to K-12 students and educators at Gilbert Heights Elementary, Alice Ott Middle School, and David Douglas High School. We added the highly-participatory Carnegie Hall Link Up concert for all students in grades 3-5 in this district. This multi-year project serves to promote equal access to high quality music education, provide staff development, and enhance arts integrated learning for children; it is carried out in partnership with the teaching musicians of the 45th Parallel.

As we enter into our third year, we will be making even more connections within the community in order to sustain this valuable arts education support for the students in the David Douglas Schools.

This project is made possible by a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, whose Studio to School initiative seeks to increase access to arts education for Oregon schoolchildren by providing multi-year support for 18 partnerships between community arts organizations and schools.

Activities and components

Studio to School ProjectOregon Symphony’s Studio to School Project encompasses a wide range of activities. Musicians visit Kindergarten classes for reading sessions enhanced by music; members of all four sections of our orchestra – strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion – visit Gilbert Heights Elementary over the course of the year, performing as ensembles and visiting classrooms to talk about their instruments and demonstrate key musical concepts; in-school and after-school coaching sessions are provided by string musicians from 45th Parallel, as well as by brass and woodwind players and percussionists of the Oregon Symphony. The scope of the project continues to evolve over the course of the partnership. An overview of our inaugural year has been documented in this video.

For questions, or for more information, contact Monica Hayes, Education & Community Engagement Program Director, at 503-416-6312 or mhayes@orsymphony.org.