Symphony Scholars

The Macon Symphony Orchestra has recently received a generous donation from one of our patrons that has been designated to provide complimentary tickets for music teachers and their students. We are excited to be able to offer up to two tickets for each concert for local teachers to share the experience of attending the symphony with their students. If you already have season tickets, you can have two additional tickets to give to two students, or a student and parent. We hope that this will help instill a love of live orchestral performances in the next generation!


The number of complimentary tickets is limited, so please contact the MSO office at 478-301-5300 or email to arrange for seating.

Young People’s Concerts

Stressing education as well as enrichment, the Macon Symphony Orchestra has long been involved in outreach throughout the Middle Georgia community. Of the Symphony’s educational ventures, the one with the greatest reach by far is the annual Young People’s Concerts, a free performance at the Grand Opera House for 2,000 Macon-Bibb County Students In a program designed expressly to meet the curriculum objectives for fifth grade students, the full orchestra – over 70 musicians – plays a concert that simulates the feel of a Saturday night out at the symphony while meeting children at their level, engaging them with interactive moments and audience participation. With a successful record going back two decades, the annual Young People’s Concert have impacted and educated nearly 50,000 young people in Middle Georgia and provided countless teachers with the tools to provide to their students access to the performing arts on both a professional and personal level – all at no cost to the teachers, students, or school system.

Outside the doorsIt takes nearly 60 buses to bring every Macon-Bibb County Public School Fifth Grader to the Grand Opera House to experience the excitement of a live orchestra performance. Prior to the performance, the MSO develops a booklet for teachers to use with their students in the classroom to introduce the instruments, pieces, and composers whose work they will hear at the concert.

Most of these students are hearing a live orchestra for the very first time.

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Maestro Keitaro Harada interacts with the audience, engaging them with stories and opportunities for participation with selections ranging from music from Star Wars to the William Tell Overture.


Artists in the Classroom

Another long-running program of the Macon Symphony Orchestra is the Artists in the Classroom. A trio of MSO string players visits music classrooms throughout Bibb County, performing mini-concerts and holding Q&A sessions with 2100+ 4th and 5th graders. The trio performs two concerts at 14 of Macon-Bibb County’s 28 elementary schools each year, so that every student will see the performance either as a 4th or 5th grader. This not only allows school music teachers to fulfill state and national curriculum requirements, but also helps fill the void caused by a lack of funding and budget cuts for music in public schools.

Georgann Blum String Scholarships

Named in honor of Georgann Blum and her many years of dedicated service as chairman of the Youth Activities Committee, these need- and merit-based scholarships are awarded to local string students to pay for private instruction. To learn more about how you can enhance the musical education of an aspiring young musician, or to submit an application for funding, call 478/301-5300/

“Conductor Chat” Pre-Concert Lecture Series

The 2011-2012 Season marked the start of what has become an MSO staple: inviting the conductor of each program to speak to audience members before the concert. The Conductor engages the audience with such various topics as the history of the music, the process of composition, and the experience of freelance musicians. This popular informal session allows audience members of all ages to connect with the music in an entirely new way, for free.

Concerto Competition

Two annual concerto competitions offer high school and college students scholarship awards and the chance to perform with the Macon Symphony. The Concerto and Advanced Concerto competitions will be held February 11, 2017 in Fickling Hall on the Mercer University campus. For entry requirements, call 478/301-5300.


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