For Schools & Teachers

As the largest performing arts organization in Maine, the Portland Symphony Orchestra fulfills its mission to provide access to quality live performances for northern New England audiences regardless of socio-economic status or rural limitations.

The PSO offers a variety of programs, geared for students from pre-K through high school. Beyond entertaining and engaging, the focus of these experiences are educational, and each program is enhanced with our Teacher’s Materials featuring curriculum connections to State of Maine Learning Results and the National Common Core Arts Standards (NCCAS).

  • KinderKonzerts are suggested for ages 3-7 (grades K-3).
  • Youth Concerts are suggested for ages 8-12 (grades 4-5).
  • In-School Performances are suggested for middle and high school (grades 6-12).
  • Open Dress Rehearsals are suggested for students ages 12 and up.


The PSO often teams up with community organizations to present up-close opportunities with visiting artists and guest composers.  Visiting artists share their insights and experience with students and adults. (grades 5-12 and college)

Check this site often for updated schedules of our guest artist workshops.  Classes are often arranged on short notice as artists become available, and details are subject to change pending the rehearsal and performance schedules of the musicians.

Upcoming 2014-2015 workshops:
  • Nothing is confirmed at this time; a schedule will be posted in October 2014.
  • If you are interested in hosting a guest artist for an outreach event at your venue, please contact

Musicians in the Classroom

String, woodwind, brass and percussion musicians bring their training and performance experience directly to the students through programs designed to enhance your school music program. These programs give students an opportunity to meet the musicians of the PSO, and see the instruments up close. Program prices vary according to the scope of your group’s needs, duration, and location. Contact to arrange a visit for your school or group.

Meet the Maestro

When they’re not on the podium, Maestro Robert Moody and Assistant Conductor Norman Huynh can be found visiting schools, libraries, and community centers throughout New England to discuss music with students and adults of all ages.  Contact to arrange a visit for your school or organization.

Thank you to our Season sponsor the Maine Arts Commission, POPS! Series Sponsor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Official Hotel, Holiday Inn by the Bay, and Education Partner, IDEXX.
Maine Arts Commission Holiday Inn by the Bay Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram IDEXX