Oregon Symphony


Education & Community

More than two-thirds of the events and activities presented by the Oregon Symphony take place outside of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The Symphony's Education and Community Engagement programs bring music alive for Oregonians in schools, community centers and concert halls across the state.

Every year, an average of 70,000 children and adults representing 16 counties and more than 300 schools are engaged through 58 formal performances and more than 350 musician visits throughout the region.

Read brochure 2015/16 Education and Community Engagement (PDF)

Watch video about Education & Community Engagement programs (8:28)
Watch video about Young People's Concerts (0:55)
Watch video about Kinderkonzerts (1:22)
Watch video about Symphony Storytimes (1:18)

Schools and Teachers

The Oregon Symphony offers a family of ensemble-based and full orchestra Youth Concerts for students K-5. Deepen the experience for your students by taking advantage of our free teacher resources.


Share the experience of live orchestral music with your children at our Kids Series concerts in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall or through Symphony Storytimes in area libraries.

In the Community

The Oregon Symphony believes in the power of music to build community as evidenced with Artist in Residence and Community Events.

At the Hall

Attend a working rehearsal. Thirty minutes prior to a Classical Series or KIDS concert, hear a Prelude performance featuring young and aspiring musicians from throughout the region. One hour prior to each Classical Series concert sit in on Concert Conversations with Music Director Carlos Kalmar or orchestra musicians, while they discuss the concert and all kinds of interesting and sometimes unexpected topics with AllClassical Portland on air hosts John, Christa and Robert.

Volunteering in Education

Communicate the importance of music education and share your love of music with students, teachers and community groups by becoming a volunteer for Education & Community Engagement.