Owensboro Symphony Kicks Off Community Engagement Programs

OWENSBORO, KY – Area school children are in for a treat as the Owensboro Symphony kicks off its 2017-2018 Community Engagement programming! On October 2, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in Owensboro’s Cannon Hall at the RiverPark Center, Owensboro Symphony’s principal pianist, Dr. Diane Earle, will present Symphony Live! Through this interactive program, elementary students learn about orchestral instruments and get to participate in an “Instrument Zoo,” which gives students the opportunity to handle instruments of the orchestra.

“We love seeing the students’ faces light up when they get to play and handle an instrument for the first time.” said Dr. Earle. “They get so excited when learning about music and the Symphony.”


Over fifty years ago the Owensboro Symphony was founded on the belief that world-class music should be available to everyone. Throughout its storied existence, the Symphony has dedicated itself to doing more than playing for the enjoyment of only a select few. Through innovative and nationally recognized community-oriented activities the Symphony has introduced orchestral music, both classical and popular,  to those who otherwise might not have been exposed to it. This shared experience has forged a special relationship between the Symphony and the community it serves.


The Symphony’s Community Engagement programs reach thousands of individuals each year.  These programs ensure that any individual – regardless of means or background – is given equal opportunity to develop skills and grow through imaginative, high quality musical experiences.


In addition to our school-day events like Symphony Live!, the Symphony offers many other exciting engagement programs. We create exciting, intimate programs that engage students on a personal level and meet the students in their own schools to maximize their instructional time. Through the Symphony’s Guest on the Go program, guest artists give master classes at local schools during their visit to Owensboro. The Symphony sponsors The Owensboro Symphony Youth and String Orchestras, involving students from throughout the tri-state who are given the opportunity to perform challenging repertoire in three concerts each year. The Symphony offers private lessons for students in the local area from qualified music instructors. Currently, the Owensboro Symphony Academy offers private lessons in piano, violin, cello, string bass and voice. Under the supervision of a Kindermusik educator, the Owensboro Symphony also offersKindermusik classes. The Symphony’s Music on Call  program continues to move the needle on innovative community outreach through the healing power of music with live, interactive performances presented by musicians working in partnership with, local hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing and group homes, boys and girls clubs, recreational centers, senior centers, libraries and special-needs programs, including the autism community.


“We take seriously our role of being out and about in the community and being for the community” said Dan Griffith, Symphony CEO. “Our commitment to providing meaningful engagement opportunities is as strong today as it was when the Symphony was formed fifty three years ago.”


For additional information or to schedule an engagement event, please contact Jeremy Stephens, Owensboro Symphony Director of Operations, Jeremy@TheOSO.com or 270-684-0661, Extension 11.