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 academic standards for music, bringing the Hunt Quartet into six schools four times each year. School visits take place in October, November, March, & April. 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.

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 Center for the Arts 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.

Upcoming Event: Hunt Quartet Recital

Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 p.m.
Oakwood Village — University Woods

Join the Hunt Quartet for a FREE performance at Oakwood Village — University Woods on Wednesday, December 21. Members of the group include MSO Musicians Paran Amiriniazari, Hillary Hempel, Jennifer Paulson, and Derek Handley. This recital is sponsored by Kato Perlman.

Haydn, Op.76 No.3 “The Emperor Quartet”
Schubert, String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”

Up Close & Musical 22/23 Partners

Deerfield Elementary School (Deerfield)
Huegel Elementary School
Immaculate Heart of Mary School (Monona)
Madison Country Day School
Stoner Prairie Elementary School (Verona)

Would your school like to participate?

Register for the 22/23 School Year
Register for the 23/24 School Year

With questions, please contact MSO Education Director Lisa Kjentvet at .

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 sponsors

Major funding provided by

David and Kato Perlman


Stanley and Shirley Inhorn


Additional funding provided by

​Wendy Weiler and Robert Erb

Wisconsin Arts Board

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