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
  • Family Concert preceded by an pre-concert children’s activities relating to the concert
  • Mentors for Solo and Ensemble Festival and high school Orchestra and Band Festival
  • “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” prior to three Classics Concerts in the Jack H. Miller Center at 6:30pm
  • 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, an team of the Holland Symphony