At the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, we believe in the importance of music education and strive to nurture a love of music in children and the community. Music helps with math, science, coordination, creativity, languages and cooperation. Our free family programs are offered throughout the season, bringing the classical music experience to all ages. Get up close and personal with symphonic music, instruments and our musicians.

Family Concerts are free to the public and feature performances by small ensembles of the professional Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Family Concerts introduce children ages 5 and under to the components that make up an orchestra, via kid friendly and engaging arts activities. Click for more information and event details.

Do violas ever get to be the star and play fun music? YES!!! Enjoy learning music for viola (no violins allowed). Learn how to select and care for your instrument, how to improve your playing, details on camps, lessons, viola choirs and more. Click for more information, including registration form and online tuition payment.

Civic string ensembles offer student and amateur adult musicians an opportunity to nurture individual artistic growth through music making in a group environment. The two string ensembles rehearse weekly under the baton of TSO cellist Lynne Tobin and present two concerts a year that are free and open to the public. Civic is a unique opportunity for music students of all ages to work with great teachers and musicians in the community. Current participants range from eight to eighty years old.

Civic ensembles include Civic Prelude Strings, open to students with one year of instruction and also includes adult beginners and those who have been away from their instrument for a number of years, Civic Sinfonia Strings, open to more accomplished and committed students, who must have at least three years of experience. Click for more information and event details.

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Thank you to our Education Programs sponsor, HighTower Anderson Wealth Management.



Education programs made possible in part by grants from the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundation, Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.