Unless otherwise noted, these free concerts are held at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theatre**. Designed for preschoolers and children in kindergarten, these concerts introduce our littlest listeners to the wonder of orchestral music and the instruments that bring music to life. The spring 2019 schedule is below:
Times: 9:45am, 11:00am, and 12:15pm
- October 18th: "Spooky Strings" (MSO String Quartet)
- November 15th: "Children's Songs and Sing-Alongs" (Smithsburg High School Orchestra)
- February 21st: South Hagerstown High School Jazz Band
- March 21st: "Drums Drums Drums" (MSO Percussion Trio) - at Williamsport High School
- April 18th: "Musical Building Blocks" (MSO Woodwind Quintet)
- May 16th: "Brass Menagerie" (MSO Brass Quintet)
* There will not be a 12:15pm performance on March 21st and the program will be held at Williamsport High School
**Zone K3 in Parking Lot C is the closest to the Kepler Theater. Please note that accessible parking spots are NOT provided for strollers.
For parking information, please call Campus Police at 240-500-2312 or visit:
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Introduce your child to the wonderful world of the orchestra and its many different instruments! Symphony Saturdays, presented by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, gives your child the opportunity to hear the sounds of the various symphonic instruments, pick them up and try their hand at playing them, and learn about music alongside our professional musicians. The program will take place during four Saturdays in Spring 2019.
- February 2nd (strings)
- February 9th (percussion)
- February 16th (woodwinds)
- February 23rd (brass)
All programs will take place in the Washington County Free Library Community Room (100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD) except for the February 9th percussion sessions, which will be held onstage at the historic Maryland Theatre (27 South Potomac Street). The cost is $25 per child (includes 4 sessions) OR individual sessions can be reserved for $7 per session, per child.
Registration is now open and the form can be downloaded by clicking here.
Registration Deadline: Monday, January 28, 2019
Ensembles in the Schools
This program offers every first, second and third grade student the opportunity to participate in a series of three interactive assembly presentations about orchestral music. MSO musicians introduce students to instrument families, basic musical concepts, and familiar songs and great classical compositions to improve their musical awareness.
MSO Youth Concerts
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts are held each May at the Maryland Theatre. We utilize the LinkUp program through Carnegie Hall, which gives students grades 3-5 the opportunity to join the orchestra in a participatory program in which they learn to sing and/or play an instrument in the classroom and perform with the MSO from the audience. This year’s program is The Orchestra SINGS! which focuses on melody as one of the universal elements of music.
Concert dates for 2019 are: Wednesday, May 1st, and Thursday, May 2nd. Concert times are 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM.
This program is made possible through the generosity of our Youth Concerts sponsor:
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Scholarship Program
The application for 2019 are not yet available.
The MSO Education committee will review the eligibility of each applicant and determine recipients based upon the MSO Education requirements set forth. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s Bennett Rubin Memorial Scholarship Fund is made possible through a grant from the Hagerstown Rotary Club Contributions Committee and contributions invested in Loving Memory of Mr. Bennett S. Rubin, a Past-President of the MSO Board of Directors, by his late wife Mrs. Geraldine Rubin and by The Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild.
Scholarship awards are subject to the availability of funds in the MSO Music Scholarship Fund. The MSO Education committee does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, color, national or ethnic origin, or physical disability in its awarding of this scholarship.