Education

Educating and Encouraging Young Music Lovers

The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra Education Program is major part of the GSO Mission to encourage the joy of music and build self-esteem in young people.

Highlights of the GSO Education Program include:

In person presentations by GSO musicians at each school featuring strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion.
GSO Young People’s Concert in the Performing Arts Center
Side by side concerts between students and GSO musicians
Career Day assembly targeted to instrumental students, where musicians perform/discuss their careers followed by Q&A
Masterclasses/Coaching sessions
Instrumental honors students shadow GSO musicians during a symphony rehearsal.
Mini concerts to band and orchestra classes.

Music teachers all agree that the GSO In-school education programs are effective and inspiring, and appreciate being a part of the program development. Students feel encouraged to continue their participation in the instrumental program, especially when being part of the musician side by side performances.

Teen Talent Contest

The Greenwich Symphony Teen Talent contest is specifically designed to promote young orchestral talent as well as to build confidence among a diverse group of 13-19 year old's in Fairfield and Westchester County schools. The GSO has just completed a second successful competition. To see the list of the 2022 winners and honorable mentions, click Here 

To support or sponsor the Teen Talent program or any of our Education programs, email us at info@greenwichsymphony.org

Look for a new program in 2023.

2021 Holiday Videos of GSO school performances

Here are some Holiday clips that members of the GSO Performed at the Western Middle School in Greenwich last Dec. First up is a quick "Sleigh Ride" performed by the Symphony. The second video is a side by side performance of "Jingle Bells" featuring students and GSO professionals.

 

The concerts, with programs selected in coordination with the community’s music educators, are provided alongside a pre- and post-concert curriculum, ensuring that children are not only exposed to great performances, but also learn to appreciate the historic and cultural significance of the experience.

GSO’s Young People’s Concerts have been recognized with the Connecticut Alliance for Arts Education Award for Outstanding Community Arts Program. The program is funded by GSO with major contributions from the Board of Education, PTAs, Women’s Club of Greenwich, and several friends, foundations, and local corporations.

In addition to the Young People’s Concerts, GSO musicians are invited to perform, conduct concerts, and provide master classes throughout the year in local classrooms, providing a unique and invaluable professional musical experience for students.