Youth Programs

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Music in the Middle Concerts

(Partially funded – $6,000 – by the Symphony Guild)

Music in the Middle is an annual concert series for all seventh grade students in Guilford County. The concerts present both traditional and contemporary repertoire and aim to expand students’ ideas of orchestral music. Resources for students and teachers are provided by the GSO at the beginning of the school year to enhance the listening and learning experience. Through the years, featured programs have been The Symphonic Aptitude Test, Waveforms, and Let’s Go To The Movies

Private, parochial and home school groups are also invited – contact the Greensboro Symphony Office (336-335-5456) for more information.

Elementary School Concerts

(Partially funded – $6,000 – by the Symphony Guild)

Each year, all third and fourth grade students in the Piedmont

Region hears a dynamic program by the full Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. The Elementary School Concerts present exciting works of orchestral music. The Elementary School Concerts serve students from the Guilford, Alamance-Burlington, Asheboro, Randolph, Reidsville, and Caswell County school systems.

These concerts frequently include multimedia presentations and collaborations with the Greensboro Ballet. In addition to the concert experience, students and teachers receive educational resources and curricular materials that support the concert theme. These materials help introduce new music to students, as well as, connect the concert theme to topics across the curriculum.

The program for Spring 2015 was “Cirque de la Symphonie”. Students marvelled at high flying aerialists, daredevil cyclists and acrobatic feats of wonder set to classical masterpieces and contemporary hits.  In 2016, the theme was “Pirates and Princesses” – featuring a guest pirate king leading a multi-part Gilbert and Sullivan, and it was an orignal narrated, concert version of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.

In-School Ensembles

In the winter and spring, all third and fourth grade students in Guilford County hear live performances in their schools. Musicians from the Greensboro Symphony travel to schools and perform chamber music, demonstrate their instruments and help students prepare for the Elementary School Concerts.

The program includes a string quintet, brass quintet, woodwind quintet and percussion trio. Ensembles visit different schools each year, so that students hear as many different instruments as possible.

OrKIDStra Concerts

The Greensboro SymphonyrKIDStra series provides entertaining concerts for 4-year old children and their families. These programs have taken many forms in the past and have been performed in venues from Elementary Schools to Triad Stage. The OrKIDStra series combines classical music with the promotion of literacy and the development of positive social skills.

The Lillian Rauch Beginning Strings program

The Greensboro Symphony Lillian Rauch Beginning Strings Program began in 2000 and was established at Peck Elementary during the 2007-2008 school year. In the Beginning Strings Program, the Greensboro Symphony provides Guilford County elementary schools with string instruments and small group music lessons free of charge.

Key objectives of the program are to serve a segment of the community that needs greater access to instrumental music education, to nurture and develop students’ creative talents and to prepare students for challenging opportunities in music and life.

Instruments are supplied and maintained by the Greensboro Symphony. Instructors for the program have been drawn from Greensboro Symphony musicians with significant group teaching experience, string music education faculty from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, Theatre and Dance (UNCG), and UNCG graduate students in string music education. Graduate students teach in the program with the guidance of Dr. Rebecca MacLeod.

The program continues to grow and sprout connections throughout the community. Last year, a teaching assistant supported by the Music Academy of North Carolina worked with the program. An after school string orchestra was formed at Jackson Middle School, the school which many Peck graduates attend. The Sphinx Chamber Orchestra gave a performance and clinic at Peck Elementary in October 2011 and the Harlem Quartet performed at the school in the 2012-13 season. The program was featured in the UNCG magazine in the spring of 2012.

High School Partnership Program

(This program is fully funded by the Greensboro Symphony Guild; each program cost $2,000 per year)

This exciting new program continues to grow. Over the course of each partnership, high school music students receive up close performances by Greensboro Symphony musicians, specialized coaching sessions on orchestral music ad visits from Maestro Sitkovetsky and guest artists.

Following the in-school presentations and coaching sessions, the high school ensemble performs on stage prior to a Greensboro Symphony Masterworks concert. The high school musicians are invited to stay for the concert to hear their mentors perform.

The Greensboro Symphony has partnered with Ragsdale High School in 2008,  Grimsley High School in 2009, Weaver Academy and Northern Guilford in 2010, Page High School and Northwest Guilford High School 2012, Southwest Guilford High School 2013. Subsequent years included sponsoring multiple Guilford Country school. This year we are again sponsoring Ragsdale High School.

Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra


(Partially funded by the Greensboro Symphony Guild – Scholarships)

The Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra (The GSYO) is an amazing program where students come together, create great music and form lifelong friendships. This year – the 43rd year – marks the fourth season with Evan Feldman as GSYO Music Director, an incredibly dynamic Youth Philharmonic and the return of the newly created Opus One and Flute Ensembles.

The GSYO program includes multiple ensembles, with opportunities for everyone from young beginners to advanced high school students. In the past five years, the most advanced ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and in Germany and Austria! The GSYO has traveled from East to West, performing in Elizabeth City and Tryon, North Carolina and last seasons highlight was a trip to Chicago to perform Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid”, a silent film with music score written by Charlie Chaplin.

The GSYO has a very active website, which is filled with information.  Take a look at their great website at, and also visit their Facebook page –  Here you’ll find great information, updates, and concert dates.

GSYO Concerts are Free and Open to the Public!!

Interested in joining the GSYO?

Contact Peter Zlotnick, GSO Education Manager at 336-335-5456