Education & Community Engagement

Enrich, engage
and inspire!

Education & Community Engagement


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A lifetime of learning…
The Madison Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to providing outstanding educational and community engagement opportunities throughout south-central Wisconsin. Reaching over 25,000 children and adults each year, we engage music enthusiasts of all ages and abilities through our partnerships with schools, community centers, and assisted living facilities. Join us as we embark on a journey to enrich, engage and inspire!

Award-winning Education Programs
Multiple MSO programs throughout the year help bring the valuable experience of classical music to youth and adults in our community — both inside and outside of the concert hall. Learn more about our Young Artist Competitions, Young People’s Concerts, Up Close & Musical®, and more.

Community Engagement
We’re proud to bring world-renowned musicians and conductors into the community to connect with music lovers of all ages to offer the opportunity for more people to experience the joy and healing power of music. Learn about HeartStrings® and other programs that have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Prelude Discussions
One hour prior to select Symphony concerts, Prelude Discussions help de-mystify the music that will be performed in the program. The half-hour talks feature experts who enlighten concertgoers to enrich their listening experience. The pre-concert talks are free to all ticket holders.


Our Education and Community Engagement Programs are made possible through generous donor support. To learn how you or your company can support this critically important aspect of our mission, click here or contact Casey Oelkers, Director of Development at (608) 257-3734 or coelkers@madisonsymphony.org.

Madison Symphony Orchestra, HeartStrings® Community Engagement Program

The HeartStrings® therapy-informed program continues to reach beyond traditional performance settings to bring live, interactive presentations by some of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s best players into healthcare and residential facilities. MSO Music Director John DeMain, Former Education and Community Engagement Director Kathryn Schwarzmann and others share insights into the healing power of music. Video produced in partnership with Mirror 34 Productions.

Madison Symphony Orchestra, Link Up Education Program Impact

This video was created to share the impact of MSO’s Link Up education program created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Link Up gives students in grades 3-5 the opportunity to explore music through a yearlong curriculum of classroom activities during which they learn to play the soprano recorder. A culminating concert brings the students into Overture’s Capitol Theater to perform with the MSO! Produced in partnership with Mirror 34 Productions.