Adult education

Pre-concert talks and Concert prevues

Enhance your concert experience, learn more about the music presented at each concert through the Albany Symphony's two main pre-concert events, Vanguard Concert Prevue's and Concert Preludes.


Vanguard Concert Prevue: Music Director, David Alan Miller conducts  lively interactive interviews  with guest artists and visiting composers on Friday's at noon prior to each Albany Symphony concert. All sessions are held at the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave, Albany.

Concert Prelude: One-hour prior to each weekend subscription concert David Alan Miller moderates an informal on-stage discussion with the evenings guest artists and visiting composers.


Composer workshops & professional development

The Albany Symphony is committed to not only showcasing the work of living American composers, but providing opportunities for composers to receive mentorship, training, and professional development from established field leaders. 

"Orchestrating the 21st Century" Workshop with Christopher Theofanidis
In 2018, the Symphony launched its first intensive, 5-day training workshop for emerging composers. Curated and led by Christopher Theofanidis, "Orchestrating the 21st Century" takes place in the context of 12 concerts of new American work during the week of the American Music Festival, with classes focusing on refining techniques of distinctive orchestration. Each day includes one major session of score study and orchestration, a group masterclass with select participants, observation of rehearsals and concerts, and social gatherings. Participants become fully immersed in the Festival’s new music activities and events, interacting closely with more than 20 resident composers, as well as musicians, performing artists, and Albany Symphony Music Director, David Alan Miller. In addition, participants have the opportunity to meet orchestra industry professionals to learn more about trends and challenges for composers in the orchestral field, including the Symphony's Executive Director, Music Librarian, and experts in marketing, development, operations, education, and community engagement. 

The 2018 "Orchestrating the 21st Century" program has ended. Watch this page for news about 2019! For more information, call 518.465.4755 x144.