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EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS

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The Madison Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to providing outstanding educational and community engagement opportunities throughout south-central Wisconsin. Reaching over 23,000 children and adults each year, we engage music enthusiasts of all ages and abilities through our partnerships with schools, community centers, and assisted living facilities. Join us as we embark on a journey to enrich, engage and inspire!
MSO IN THE SCHOOLS
Our nationally recognized program, Up Close & Musical®, is an in-school residency opportunity for students in grades K-3. The Guest Artist Outreach program brings world-class soloists into the schools for master classes or “Conversations with the Artist.”
MSO IN THE COMMUNITY
The internationally recognized HeartStrings program provides children and adults with special needs a music therapy-informed experience. The Prelude Discussions are open to concert-goers who would like to delve deeper into the concert repertoire, while the Open Dress Rehearsals invite the community into Overture Hall for a behind-the-scenes look at the MSO. Our Meet the Musician series is presented at Madison Children’s Museum and open to families with pre-schooled aged children.
YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERTS
Our Fall Youth Concerts are designed for students in grades 4-8, and our Spring Young People’s Concert is for students in grades 8-12. The Symphony Soup Concerts are the culminating event for the MSO’s Up Close & Musical® program, but are also open to non UC&M students in grades K-3. We also offer schools the opportunity to participate in Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program which provides a year-long curriculum and brings students to Overture Hall to play along with the MSO on soprano recorders.
YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITIONS
Students in grades 4-8 are eligible to participate in our Fall Youth Concerto Competition for the chance to perform with the MSO during our Fall Youth Concerts. High school aged students from across the state of Wisconsin are eligible to participate in our Bolz Young Artist Competition for the chance to win cash prizes and perform live with the MSO during the Final Forte- a free concert held in Overture Hall and broadcasted on Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio. The winner also performs during the Spring Young People’s Concert.
MEET THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Kathryn Schwarzmann has been Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) since 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from Northwestern University and General and Instrumental Music Education Certification from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville. Prior to joining the MSO, Kathryn taught music in the Milwaukee Public Schools and completed an Education and Community Engagement Internship with the MSO in 2013. If you would like to contact Ms. Schwarzmann, please call (608) 257-3734 x225 or email kschwarzmann@madisonsymphony.org.