Education: New England Conservatory Began with the PSO: In 1974 More
A primary component of the PSO’s mission is to bring the power of live orchestral music to all people in our region, ages 4 to 104. Whether your children have had the opportunity to learn about the PSO with their school, or whether you yourselves have attended a PSO concert, we want to create an opportunity for you to enjoy the experience together.
We invite you to join us at Merrill for a concert or rehearsal, or invite a musician to your children’s classrooms for an up-close and personal demonstration. Music history, living composers, student performers and notable guest artists are just a few ways to discover the many elements and joys of classical music. Stay tuned, and visit this page often for more information.
PSO KinderKonzerts explore the different families of orchestral instruments with children while introducing them to live symphonic music in fun, interactive programs. Kids dance, wiggle, clap, and sing along with the with Portland Symphony Orchestra musicians during the 35-40 minute concerts. (ages 3-7)
Students ages 8-12 have the opportunity to hear the full PSO perform richly diverse styles of music, while learning about the elements of orchestral music and instruments. Held at Merrill Auditorium at the Portland City Hall, these concerts are approximately 50 minutes in length.
Discovery Concerts give the whole family a chance to enjoy the music of the PSO together. Concerts are an hour long and engage the audience for a fun and educational journey with the full orchestra! Come early for games, a hands-on instrument petting zoo and lots more musical fun. (ages 5-12)
Open Dress Rehearsals
Students are invited to hear a professional orchestra and visiting guest artists at work on stage at Merrill Auditorium. Rehearsals are free but space is limited so sign up early. (grades 5 and up)
Student Ticket Discounts
Students of all ages have access to the renowned artists and world-class performances of the PSO. No need to wait for Student Rush; families and students can plan in advance and get great seats at prices they can afford! Full-time students and children under 18 are eligible for subscription and single-ticket discounts up to 50% or more. Call the PortTIX box office at (207) 842-0800 for more information. (full-time students under age 18 only)