EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS
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 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 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 B. 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 played violin with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and National Repertory Orchestra before earning her 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 firstname.lastname@example.org