Up Close & Musical®

in Schools

Up Close & Musical®

Up Close and Musical brings the power and beauty of classical music into the classrooms of elementary schools throughout Dane County. The curriculum is guided by the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance model and the Wisconsin State Model Academic Standards for Music, bringing the Hunt Quartet into six schools four times each year. Individual quartet members visit separate 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!

At the end of the school year all of the participating schools are invited to attend Symphony Soup, which brings young people from across south-central Wisconsin into Overture Hall to experience classical music the way it was meant to be heard – live! At this culminating concert, the Hunt Quartet is featured among a full symphony orchestra.

2018-2019 Participating Schools:
Frank Allis Elementary School (Madison)
Gompers Elementary School (Madison)
Lindbergh Elementary School (Madison)
Wingra School (Madison)
Kegonsa Elementary School (Stoughton)
Sauk Trail Elementary School (Middleton)

If your school would like to participate in this program, please contact MSO Director of Education Kathryn Schwarzmann at kschwarzmann@madisonsymphony.org or fill out this form.


After the Kindergarten mini-concert, a child said, ‘That was the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard!

Participating Teacher

Thank you to our generous partners

The Hunt Quartet is funded through a partnership between the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with major funding from David and Kato Perlman, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and other donors.

Up Close & Musical® is a program of the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

Major funding provided by


An Anonymous Friend

Additional funding provided by

The Brittingham Fund, Inc.

Marc Vitale and Darcy Kind

Wisconsin Arts Board

This project is supported by Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.

Wisconsin Arts Board support comes with additional funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.