The GSO is committed to providing fun and inspirational educational opportunities to people of all ages, and offers several programs for young people.
In a unique program of cultural/artistic enrichment, the GSO, until Covid-19 restrictions made it impossible, has presented professional orchestra concerts, free of charge, during school hours, for all children attending grades two through seven in 23 public and private schools in Greenwich. Music teachers prepare students for knowledgeable listening with CD recordings and creative classroom assignments that are prepared by the GSO’s Young People’s Concert Committee, Dr. Sandra Rogers Heikel and Laura White Newell. The series received the Connecticut Alliance for Arts Education’s 2001 Award for “Outstanding Community Arts Program.” The three triple-performance concerts are funded by the GSO, with contributions from the Greenwich Board of Education, Greenwich Private Schools, friends, foundations, corporations, and proceeds from the GSO Board’s annual benefit events.
Throughout the year GSO musicians perform in Greenwich public school classrooms, varying the content of their presentations to fit the age and interest of the students. Musicians have been invited to teach “master classes” to music ensembles at Greenwich High School. Students at elementary schools may be treated to classic fairy tales enhanced by classical music or to music heard in lands around the world, performed by a GSO string quartet. The aim of the program is to provide students of all ages with greater exposure to classical music, whether as musicians or joyful listeners, and it is made possible by an anonymous gift.