Education Programs

Creating Class Acts

They already love music. With iPods and smartphones, they rarely leave home without it. They're willing to stand in line for hours for their favorite artists, as loyal concertgoers. They have discretionary time and money, not to mention heaps of natural ability and unlimited artistic potential to play, and play well.

Yet youth are still relatively unexposed and remain the untapped market in the world of classical music. And, ironically, they hold the future of great orchestral music in the palm of their hands.

The Sarasota Orchestra recognizes it must evolve to engage new generations. With subsidy cuts and audiences becoming more diverse, a new era has begun where the Orchestra must engage the younger generation rather than waiting for them to find us.

Once we reach them, they are our most receptive participants. The Orchestra is committed to transforming the classical music experience into a youthful medium, where children and teens don't replace their pop music with Mozart, but add him to their playlists.

The benefits of early exposure to classical music are endless. It is like a world classroom where young people are dished up full servings of geography, history, art literature and math, along with music during each encounter. The Sarasota Orchestra is taking its students on a journey to different cultures, time periods and lands through its education programs.

For more information, contact the Sarasota Orchestra Education Department at (941) 487-2731.

Young Person's Concerts

Each year, a different program is developed and delivered to nearly 10,000 Manatee and Sarasota County fourth- and fifth-graders.

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Summer Music Camp

School-aged children on summer break can maintain or gain musical skills during the Sarasota Orchestra’s summer program.

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Young Artists Competition

Each year, up-and-coming young musicians from across the region compete for the opportunity to perform as soloists in a concert with the Orchestra.

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Youth Orchestras

Sarasota Orchestra's Youth Orchestra Program has been hailed as one of the most exemplary youth programs in the Southeast.

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Reviews

Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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