Our Education Mission:
To implement a comprehensive, community-wide education program that puts music, its creation and performance, into everyone's hands, including children, adults, seniors and people with special needs. We focus strongly on working with young people from pre-school through high school, providing powerful, enriching, hands-on in-school experiences with music and related arts. We create in-school arts initiatives that teach and develop essential life skills that complement and become part of students' core curriculum.
From Adopt-a-School to Sunday Symphonies and Tiny Tots, the Albany Symphony continually strives to spearhead arts education in our community as the Capital Region’s number one community-wide music resource – earning numerous awards for innovative educational efforts, including ASCAP’s first-ever Leonard Bernstein Award for Outstanding Educational Programming.
The Albany Symphony’s success in its educational mission has been reflected in both the continued success of the individual programs that have been implemented and the recognition it has received for its innovation in educational initiatives.
The Adopt-a-School program in Averill Park helped to inspire over 90% of students district-wide to pick up instruments after the program’s implementation. A similar program within the Troy school district influenced the district to restart their strings program after a 40-year absence.
And each year, approximately 1,800 students get the chance to come to “Monday Music” to see and hear the magic of the full orchestra in action.
Did you know that access to our programs are fundable through BOCES? Contact your Arts in Education Coordinator or the Albany Symphony to learn more.
Find out more about the symphony's award-winning education programming by contacting Derek Smith, Education and Operations Coordinator, at DerekS@albanysymphony.com.