A unique opportunity to work with members
PRIVATE LESSONS with members of the SSO
If you are interested in working one on one with the SSO’s outstanding musicians in virtual private lessons, please contact Kirsten Lipkens. Sessions are $60.00 per hour, and are scheduled based on the student and teacher’s availability.
MASTER CLASSES and SECTIONALS for school ensembles
If you are a music teacher and are interested in group classes for your students as a supplement to your curriculum, our staff can create the best package to suit your needs! Contact Education Director Kirsten Lipkens for more information.
“The Springfield Symphony Orchestra has gone above and beyond in their dedication to the advancement and advocacy of school music programs. The musicians of the SSO engaged my students in effective, small group environments, enabling them to take musical risks and explore areas of music making that we often do not have time to include in our regular school schedules. The experience of working with these professionals left a lasting mark on the student musicians of Belchertown High School and provided excitement and inspiration during a year where so many music programs are facing hardships. The resources offered by the SSO make them an invaluable asset to the cultural community of the Pioneer Valley.”
~ Ryan Caster, Director of Bands, Belchertown High School
“The SSO master classes were a big hit with my students. The discussions were inspiring and also contained practical nuts and bolts information for high school musicians. I would encourage all schools to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity!”
~ Arthur Thovmasian, Director of Instrumental Music, Longmeadow High School
NEW MENTORSHIP PROGRAM!
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a grant from Baystate Health’s Community Benefits Discretionary Grant Program for a 9/10-week mentorship program between professional musicians of the SSO and music students from the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts (SCOTA).
Through this program, five musicians will offer weekly hour-long sessions via Zoom, teaching clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tuba and percussion group lessons. Students will learn what it takes to devote oneself to the profession, learn techniques and skills from a master artist that a standard music educator is unable to provide. The relationships fostered between student and teacher will also be continued into the future, with opportunities to attend SSO events. The SSO is excited to begin what will be a long-term mentorship program with SCOTA students and SSO professional musicians.