In the Community

From classrooms to concert halls, from the streets to retirement homes, the Oregon Symphony strives to create a stronger and more vibrant community through music.

Together with these partner organizations, we use music’s transformative power to inspire our youth, foster life-long learning, and bring healing and joyous music to all parts of our community.


Local Youth Orchestras

As part of the Oregon Symphony’s ongoing partnerships with BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and Portland Youth Philharmonic, our musicians frequently visit rehearsals as mentors and musical coaches.



Studio to School Project

This multi-year partnership with David Douglas School District and 45th Parallel provides comprehensive musical training to students and educators, including staff development, arts-integrated learning, and in-school performances by Oregon Symphony musicians. The Studio to School Project is made possible by a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation.

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Link Up Concerts

In a nationwide partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, we welcome thousands of students in grades 3–5 to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall every year to perform alongside the entire Oregon Symphony orchestra.

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Coffee Creek Correctional Facility

In Oregon’s only female prison, Oregon Symphony musicians provide solace and hope for those behind bars.

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Oregon Symphony musicians partner with Earthtones Music Therapy Services to present interactive, music therapy-informed sessions of beautiful music, relaxing movement, and joy in memory care facilities and senior residences.

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Artist-in-Residence Program

We foster a long-term connection between our musicians and our community by bringing a special guest artist to Portland for extended residencies of educational visits, free public performances, and concert appearances over the course of three years.

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Moving Music into the Future with Intel

Oregon Symphony musicians and engineers from Intel have collaborated to develop wearable technology that translates simple body movements into music. The result: new compositions featuring body movement technology that have premiered in Oregon Symphony concerts!

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For more information, contact Monica Hayes, education & community programs director.

Together We Can Do More

A gift to the Oregon Symphony is an investment in both artistic innovation and community wellness.



Education Supporters

Oregon Symphony education and community engagement programs are supported by:

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Autzen Foundation
Anne A. Berni Foundation
The Brookby Foundation
City of Portland
Clark Foundation
ESCO Foundation
Hampton Family Foundation of OCF
The Howard Wallis Irwin & Dorise Carlyon Irwin Foundation
James and Shirley Rippey Foundation
Kinder Morgan Foundation
Lamb Foundation
Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation
Morrison Family Charitable Foundation
Oregon Arts Commission
Oregon Community Foundation
Pacific Power Foundation
PGE Foundation
Franklin & Dorothy Piacentini Charitable Trust
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Reser Family Foundation
Herbert A. Templeton Foundation
Union Pacific Foundation
U.S. Bank Foundation
Patty Vemer Education Fund
Wells Fargo
Wheeler Foundation (Washington)
Wintz Family Foundation
Xerox Foundation
Juan Young Trust

In addition, we thank the following investment-level supporters who help the Oregon Symphony make an impact on stage and throughout our community:

 The Boeing Company
The Brookby Foundation
Collins Foundation
The Jackson Foundation
James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
JW & HM Goodman Family Foundation
Mason Charitable Trust
Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund
Meyer Memorial Trust
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Regional Art & Culture Council
Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation
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