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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Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund help sustain Sarasota Orchestra and ensure that our musicians can continue to serve our community in the months ahead. Please join our Sarasota Orchestra family by making a gift today, and help us share the healing power of music.

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709 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236


Box Office: 941.953.3434
Administration: 941.953.4252

 Box Office Hours:

Our staff is here to help by phone or email Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm.
The office is currently closed to the public.

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Our mission is to engage, educate, and enrich our community through high-quality, live musical experiences.

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