Meet the Musicians: High School Edition Brings Teens Behind the Scenes of SSO Concerts

Thursday Nov 10th, 2016
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The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is extending its educational outreach to high school students throughout western Massachusetts. The first of three sessions of the new program—Meet the Musicians: High School Edition—is Nov. 18, with hundreds of students from area high schools invited to participate at no cost.

On rehearsal nights for select classical concerts, high school students will be given unprecedented access to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra members to network with the musicians and Maestro Kevin Rhodes. Students will be able to have an up-close and personal look at the SSO’s rehearsal and, in addition, will receive tickets to the following night’s performance or a performance of their choice.


At no cost to the participating schools, students who attend the 3:30 – 6 p.m. program will:

  • witness a unique first-hand perspective of a working symphony rehearsal.

  • chat with SSO musicians and Maestro Rhodes.

  • sit down to dinner with orchestra members for in-depth personal conversations about music and careers.

  • participate in a group discussion lead by Maestro Rhodes.

  • receive tickets to attend the following night's performance or a performance of their choice.


Three available dates have been selected for the Meet the Musicians: High School Edition program:

  • Nov. 18

  • Jan. 20

  • Feb. 17


The Meet the Musiciansd: High School Edition program provides the opportunity to sit in on the SSO’s rehearsals for three classical concert performances, and each attendee will receive a complementary ticket to the scheduled performance on the following Saturday, or one of the other two available concerts:

  • Brahms Double Concerto                                November 19

  • Beethoven's Emperor Concerto                        January 21  

  • Opera Gala: Celebrating Leontyne Price           February 18


Students from 154 public and private high schools in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties have been invited to participate in the program, and up to 400 complimentary classical concert tickets will be provided for them to attend one of the three selected concerts (listed above) and get a sense of the multi-sensory experience that a live professional orchestra performance provides.


For more information about the Meet the Musicians: High School Edition program, contact Susan Beaudryatsbeaudry@springfieldsymphony.orgor (413) 733-0636, ext. 111.