Educational Programs

Holland Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to educational and outreach programs for adults and children alike, not just as listeners, but also as participants.

Currently, the Holland Symphony sponsors:

  • Holland Symphony Youth Orchestras comprised of:
    • Holland Area Junior Strings – non-auditioned, beginning string orchestra (students with at least one year of experience)
    • Holland Area Concert Strings – intermediate group of more advanced strings
    • Holland Area Youth Orchestra – auditioned, high school/middle school age, full orchestra
  • “The Music in Me” Camp – two regular season and one summer session classes for pre-school students
  • Intern Program for youth orchestra members to audition for string positions in Holland Symphony
  • New Horizons String Orchestra (fall and spring)
  • Chamber Music Seminar for youth orchestra students as well as pre-formed school ensembles (March to May ) includes fiddlers
  • Annual concerto competition for area high school musicians;  First prize:  $500 plus an HSO Family Concert performance; second prize $250;  third prize $150
  • Classics Discovery Concert, a concert to discover new ways to experience an orchestra with added features and collaborations. 
  • Classical Chat – an informal program presented by our Music Director prior to the three Classical Concerts at Freedom Village Retirement Home;  Freedom Village 6th floor at 3:00pm Thursdays
  • Pre-concert talks will be in video form for the 2021-2022 season.  Videos will be posted on the HSO website one week ahead of the three classics concerts.
  • Refers HSO musical ensembles for special events;  contact HSO office
  • Refers instrumental music teachers for private lessons;  contact HSO office
  • Offers presentations for musical enhancement and advocacy of orchestral music
  • Offers community members an opportunity to volunteer and usher through The League of Holland Symphony, a committee of the Holland Symphony.  Join us by calling the HSO office at 616-796-6780.