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!
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.” Director of Education & Community Engagement Michelle Kaebisch is available to provide master classes, clinics, and sectionals to area schools through our Educator On Call program.
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.
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 MICHELLE KAEBISCH
Michelle A. Kaebisch has been Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) since 2006, and a violinist in the MSO from 1993-2015. She holds a BS degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and taught high school orchestra and beginning strings in the Stoughton Area School District from 1995-2006. She has also been the conductor for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras Philharmonia since 2013. If you would like to contact Ms. Kaebisch,
please call (608) 257-3734 x225 or email email@example.com.