Education Programs

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Education Programs

We’re so proud of our award-winning education programs that reach thousands of children each year. From concerts to competitions to master classes and more, our partnerships with local schools build the foundation for students to have a life-long relationship with music.

2024-2025 Events

  • Fall Youth Concerto Competition — Saturday, September 28, 2024
  • Fall Youth Concerts — Tuesday, November 19, 2024
  • Bolz Young Artist Competition Preliminary Round — Saturday, January 4, 2025
  • Bolz Young Artist Competition Semifinal Round — Thursday, January 9, 2025
  • The Final Forte — Wednesday, March 5, 2025
  • Spring Young People’s Concert — Thursday, March 6, 2025
  • Symphony Soup — Tuesday, May 13, 2025
  • Link Up — Thursday, May 15, 2025
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Young Artist Competitions
Our spring and fall concerto competitions offer outstanding young musicians the chance to win scholarships and perform with the MSO.

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Young People’s Concerts
Every year the MSO offers several concerts designed specifically for school-aged students. These concerts take place at the Overture Center to create exciting musical experiences with long-lasting impacts.

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Up Close and Musical®
Up Close and Musical brings the power and beauty of classical music into the classrooms of elementary schools throughout Dane County. Our Hunt Quartet musicians visit classrooms to conduct exciting and interactive lessons that send students on a hunt for the concepts of melody, rhythm, expression, and form. They then demonstrate these concepts in a performance for the whole school!

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Master Classes
The MSO is proud to offer free master classes with world-class soloists and conductors at partnering local schools.