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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 more than 25,000 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!
Explore our wide variety of programs in the 15-16 Education and Community Engagement Brochure!

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."

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-school 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.