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 for the 21st Century”
Composer Workshop with Christopher Theofanidis

In 2018, the Symphony launched its first intensive, 5-day training workshop for emerging composers. Now in its second year, curated and led by Christopher Theofanidis, "Orchestrating for the 21st Century" takes place in the context of 12 concerts of new American work during the week of the American Music Festival. 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 the Festival’s resident composers, as well as musicians, performing artists, and Albany Symphony Music Director, David Alan Miller. 

New for 2019, participants will have the opportunity to create a new work to be read by a conducted ensemble of Albany Symphony musicians. 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. 

Applications for the 2019 workshop will be accepted from December 15, 2018 to January 25, 2019.

For more information, call Sophie Moss, Director of Education & Community Engagement, at 518.465.4755 x144.