Education and Community

In Concert With The Community

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The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra’s music education and appreciation efforts are aimed at fostering an appreciation of classical music among young audiences, including those who are traditionally underserved, exposing the public to varied and challenging musical experiences, and providing opportunities to develop and showcase the talents of young musicians.

As a community organization governed by an active board of directors drawn from and representative of the community, we recognize that we have a responsibility to contribute to the economic, social and educational development of the region.

Meeting our responsibility to contribute to the economic and social development of the region, we:

  • Collaborate with other arts, civic and cultural organizations to identify opportunities for growth: and
  • Seek ways to use our unique musical resources in support of regional development.

Meeting our responsibility to contribute to the social and educational development of the region, we;

  • Bring high quality live classical performances to the community;
  • Provide a variety of avenues for audiences to participate in the experience; and
  • Work actively to develop and present talented musicians, predominately local.

We contribute to education by:

  • Offering pre-concert lectures to enhance appreciation and understanding of the upcoming concert;
  • Reinforcing NYS fine arts standards for music education through ensemble presentations at elementary, junior and senior high schools;
  • Fostering excellence in promising young musicians through our Stefan Scholarship Competition, funded by the league of the Schenectady Orchestra;
  • Promoting piano performance and skills through our Parillo Piano Competition for students ages 13-18;
  • Providing tickets to our subscription series for area school children through our BOCES ticket program;
  • Working with local High School musicians through occasional shared-stands concerts with the entire orchestra.
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