Education Programs

There’s no better way to encourage appreciation for the arts than getting into schools to interact with children. We strive to reach as many students as possible during the year and our musicians travel from Newton to Tipton counties and everywhere in between! We offer a wide range of educational programs for schools, non-profits, and more.

Keller Contest Results

For results of the 2022-23 Keller Concerto Contest, please click here.

Virtual Symphony

Learn about the instruments of the orchestra with our Virtual Symphony video. This is a great activity for all ages and K-12 music educators looking for free, online resources for e-learning days!

Available Programs

Strings Attached

Cost of Event: FREE

Paused until spring 2022: The LSO’s Strings Attached program provides 2nd through 5th grade students with a free in-school, hands-on violin experience. For this program, an LSO musician visits up to 35 children per class in a general education classroom or during their music period for a 30-40 minute violin lesson. Each child is provided with a ½ size or ¾ size violin to play for the class period. The Strings Attached program works in an open space or with tables.

Symphony on the Go

Cost of Event: FREE

The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony on the Go is Friday, February 10, 2023 at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette, IN. This event is free to 4th & 5th grade students in the 14-county region. Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis; it is recommended you register ASAP. 

This year’s program introduces students to the orchestra experience as they listen to a short youth-oriented concert and hear the instruments of the orchestra played alone, in sections, and all together.

Mikhail Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
Paul Dukas Fanfare to La Peri (brass demo)
Gabriela Lena Frank “Coqueteos” from Leyenda (string demo)
Aaron Copland Variations on a Shaker Melody (woodwind demo)
Aram Khachaturian Sabre Dance (percussion demo)
John Williams Star Wars Suite

Approximate run time: 1 hour
No intermission

Cushion Concerts

Cost of Event: $40

The LSO’s Cushion Concerts are unique, interactive, kid-friendly performances in your library, recreational center, or daycare. For these events, an LSO musician shares music with your youngest patrons, engaging them with creative stories, music history, instrument physics, and more. In order to preserve the interactivity, we ask that you please attempt to keep the number of attendees at less than 100. The Cushion Concert only requires an open space; a stage is not required. Children can sit on the floor, or the facility can provide cushions or chairs.

Backstage Pass

Cost of Event: FREE

Backstage Pass gives student groups a behind-the-scenes look at the Symphony. Your group will tour the Long Center, meet our Conductor, and sit in the hall for a portion of an orchestra rehearsal. This program takes place in the evening (rehearsals begin at 7:30pm). Group size is limited to 50 participants per session. Subject to rehearsal schedule and availability.

Rehearsal opportunities are very limited for the 2022-23 school year. Please email Operations Manager Jodi Taylor at jodi@lafayettesymphony.org to learn more.

Questions about LSO education programs?
Email jodi@lafayettesymphony.org