Community Outreach Programs
Through its “Music for Youth: Engaging Young People” initiative, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra provides a set of six unduplicated youth education and outreach programs that broaden the reach and accessibility of symphonic music to children and their families. The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra’s education programs give children and young adults access to excellent performances, cultural experiences and educational opportunities.
The "Music for Youth" education program includes:
1. Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra for 9th through 12th grade students
2. Junior Strings program for 6th through 8th grade students. (4th and 5th grade students with consultation)
3. The Youth Ambassadors program showcases select members of the Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings ensembles, performing informal mini-concerts for children throughout the community in community youth centers and area school programs. These performances serve to spotlight a peer group of young performers for the children in the audience, and are also very effective in developing creativity, and communication and presentation skills in the performers.
4. The Richard R. Deas Young Artists Concerto Competition with approximately 20-25 qualified applicants from which a three-judge panel selects winners in three age-group divisions to perform as soloists accompanied by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Performing as a soloist in front of a live audience at the Wilson Center, accompanied by an experienced orchestra, is life changing for our young musicians.
5. A Free Family Concert performed by the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings ensembles. The spotlight is on a peer group of young performers for the very young children in the audience.
6. Tickets for Students: the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra offers child/student tickets to the Masterworks Concert Series at the Wilson Center.
These pictures are from WSO's Drawn to Music workshop on May 4, 2019. WSO commissioned artist, Jahde Justad, to create 9 original paintings that correlated with the characters, plot and music in The Firebird. This artist collaboration also included the Drawn to Music workshop, inviting children from local schools and community programs to create a collaborative Firebird art piece which was displayed in the Wilson Center lobby before the concert. This outreach project was funded by the Dan Cameron Family Foundation.