The education programs of The Florida Orchestra seek to cultivate an appreciation for the experience of live orchestral music and to provide support for music education at all age levels throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Youth Concerts: Specially designed for students in the fourth and fifth grades, these 45-minute concerts are presented during the school day at the major concert venues around the Tampa Bay area. Students and teachers prepare for the concerts through curriculum materials designed in accordance with state education standards. Each season, thousands of students from Hillsborough and Pinellas school districts attend these programs, which are also open to private and home schools on a limited space-available basis.
Artists at SPC: Through a partnership with St. Petersburg College, certain TFO musicians and guest artists appearing on TFO subscription programs present performances and workshops at SPC.
Sphinx Partnership: The Sphinx Organization strives to increase cultural diversity in classical music through education and professional development programs targeted to minority populations. Each year, a winner of the annual Sphinx Competition performs with TFO on a Coffee Concert and spends time working with students in area schools as an ambassador for classical and symphonic music. This season’s Sphinx guest artist is Gareth Johnson, who will perform on our Coffee Concert, Spirit of America, on December 9, 2010. Learn more about the Sphinx Organization at www.sphinxmusic.org.
Open Rehearsals: Each season, certain TFO rehearsals are opened to students from St. Petersburg College as well as a limited number of public and private school music classes as availability permits. These rehearsals offer music students an opportunity to meet world-class conductors and guest artists and to observe how they and the orchestra prepare for performances.
Introduction to Music Course St. Petersburg College: St. Petersburg College offers a special section of its Introduction to Music course centered on select subscription programs of The Florida Orchestra. Tuition includes tickets to the selected concerts and attendance at Masterworks Pre-concert Conversations with the conductor or guest host.
Studio@620: As a multi-cultural prelude to certain Masterworks concerts, The Studio@620 and The Florida Orchestra present An Intimate Collaboration with discussion, music, and other art forms related to composers whose music is featured on the Masterworks series.
Education Tickets: Students, teachers and education staff members may purchase individual $10 tickets with a valid school I.D. to most Florida Orchestra concerts, subject to availability. Limit two tickets per concert. Some restrictions may apply. Tickets may be purchased through The Florida Orchestra Ticket Center, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 244 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Tickets may also be purchased in person on concert nights at the given concert hall.
For additional information about The Florida Orchestra’s education programs, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our Education Sponsors:
|The Bank of America Foundation||The Nichols Foundation, Inc.|
|Catalina Marketing Corp.||Pat Grubb|
|Anonymous||Pinellas Community Foundation|
|The Cowles Charitable Trust||Pinellas County Schools|
|The Franzblau Family||Progress Energy|
|Gatewood Foundation, Inc.||Tampa Bay Times Fund, Inc.|
|General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems||The Saunders Foundation|
|Jacarlene Foundation||School District of Hillsborough County|
|Margaret A. Cargill Foundation||The USAA Foundation|
|Margaret E. Dickins Foundation|