Pre-School & Elementary Programs
At the KSO, we believe that music enhances even the youngest lives! That's why we offer programs for children from Pre-School to Elementary age. To request a program at your school or receive more information, fill out our program inquiry form.
Stimulating Musical Imagination Programs
M&Ms: Music & Make Believe / Musical Storybooks
Pre-Schoolers join our String Quartet in local libraries and community venues for stories, activities and great music.
Family Discovery Concerts
Ideal for children and their families, these Sunday afternoon concerts at Chenery Auditorium combine great orchestra music with fun theatrical elements. Young subscribers, ages 4-12, can join "Barry's Buddies," and everyone is invited to visit the Instrument Petting Zoo before the Family Discovery concert.
Exploring Live Music
For Elementary Students
These school-day concerts, attended annually by 13,000 students from 90 schools, explore masterworks of music in thematic concerts. Students learn about the music in advance using CD's and curriculum materials designed by area music teachers.
Instrument Petting Zoo
Music on the Move
KSO string, wind, brass, and percussion ensembles take to the road to bring music into over 75 schools in Kalamazoo and surrounding counties.
KSO musicians visit classrooms to introduce themselves, their instruments, and give students an "up-close" connection with great music.
Lessons with Artists-in-Residence at Crescendo Academy of Music
KSO partners with Crescendo Academy of Music to offer intermediate and advanced-level private study with KSO Artists in Residence on clarinet, oboe, horn, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. Visit CrescendoAcademy.com or call (269) 345-6664 for availability and scheduling.
Building Creative Connections
KSO Partner Schools
Classroom, art, and music experiences are linked in a sequence designed to build creative learning connections. Eight area schools partner with KSO for this program. Current KSO Partners are: Comstock East Elementary, KPS Indian Prairie Elementary, KPS Woods Lake: A Magnet Center for the Arts, Lawton Elementary, PPS Moorsbridge Elementary, Kalamazoo Christian Elementary, Kalamazoo Country Day School, and M.L. King Westwood Elementary.
Encouraging Creative Musical Skills
Young Composers in Concert
Budding young composers can submit original compositions for consideration. All entries receive comments from a panel of composer-adjudicators, and two are chosen to be orchestrated and premiered at our Youth Concerts.
Youth Soloists in Concert
Advanced student performers audition for the opportunity to perform as soloists with the KSO during our Youth Concerts. Each of three winners performs two or more concerts with the orchestra, providing an opportunity for reflection and polishing in this formative experience. (more info) (application)
Sharing Unique Expertise
For All Ages
Each year the KSO partners with other area educational and community groups, such as Education for the Arts, Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Gazette, and area schools, to undertake special projects. Projects vary from year to year, and can include elementary to adult audiences.