With the support of our Donors, Sponsors and Contributors, the SSO provides a wealth of educational & community programs, to enrich the lives of people in our area.
The SSO is woven into the fabric of our communities. And throughout the communities we serve, the SSO strives to provide young musicians - and young listeners – with exposure to classical music and live performances that can educate and inspire. We also support numerous local initiatives that help enhance life in the communities in which we serve. The following collaborations are recent examples of the extended role we play in greater Springfield, and throughout the Pioneer Valley:
Stone Soul Festival - The SSO is proud to serve as annual sponsor & marketing partner for this Springfield community celebration that offers a weekend of entertainment, food, artisans, carnival rides and a health fair.
Children’s Study Home Toy Drive - The SSO collects new, unwrapped toys for children at our annual Holiday Concert (this year, on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016).
Evening of Instrumental Women - this educational initiative series is geared for girls ages 10-18, and offers an inspirational opportunity to learn about what goes into producing a classical concert, about careers for women in the arts, and to spend time with & ask questions of female soloists who will perform with the orchestra. They enjoy an opportunity to listen to a portion of the orchestra's rehearsal (for a concert the next evening), and are offered discounted tickets for the performance. This season, two sessions will be offered, call (413) 733-0636 x15 for details and to reserve your group's space.
Orchestras Feeding America Food Drive - During the month of March, the SSO & over 250 other American orchestras join together for this national Food Drive. Sponsor organizations, local businesses, concertgoers, Board members, staff & volunteers are encouraged to make donations of non-perishable food items. All local donations benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, to help alleviate hunger & food insecurity right here in the Pioneer Valley.
American Red Cross Blood Drive - In February ("Circulate the Love Month"), the SSO works with the American Red Cross to encourage our concertgoers, Board members, staff & volunteers to consider making a life-saving blood donation at the Springfield Donor Center. We also support mobile blood drives throughout Hampden & Hampshire counties during our concert season.
Accent on Music
This program recognizes music teachers in the western MA public schools and provides free tickets to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra's Classical Concert Series for students participating in their school's music curriculum. For information, call (413) 733-0636 x19.
The SSO annually donates concert tickets as fundraising raffle prizes to 140 nonprofit organizations in the greater Pioneer Valley.
Friends of the Homeless
The SSO administrative staff serves lunch once a month at the Friends of the Homeless shelter in Springfield.
In addition to producing exceptional Classical and Pops performances, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra also serves to enrich the cultural life of the communities in which we serve with a variety of educational and inspirational programs that provide life-changing musical experiences to young people.
For additional information regarding any SSO educational program, contact Executive Director Peter Salerno at PSalerno@springfieldsymphony.org, or call (413) 733-0636 x17.