This year we are excited and proud to bring you the most comprehensive Education and Outreach Programming yet. You will find interactive shows that are reaching the public across the Okanagan Valley. As always we strive to offer something for everyone and this season is no exception. Browse the categories below where you will find programs and events for ages 3 – 103! Come on out to be inspired, meet our musicians, listen to talented teens or engage your entire school with live symphonic performances. See it. Hear it. Love it.

School Show

This March 2018 we welcome prodigy piano player and composer Kevin Chen to our stage. Looking for ways to “wow” your class? This is it. In 2013 at the tender age of 8 he was named to the top 30 Canadian classical musicians under 30 list. Fast forward four years and this twelve year old prodigy is poised to take the world by storm. This Spring the OSO is preparing an entire Mozart program – another child prodigy – to inspire our youth throughout the valley with shows in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton. Upon registering – each teacher will receive a teacher guide with multi subject lessons that can be used in the regular and the music classroom. Designed to prepare your students for our show and the repertoire your students will become engaged and confident listeners. We also make every effort to include your students while they are in the audience. Previous years have seen students participate in choral singing, recorder playing, or small groups on stage with spoons and Orff instruments. Stay tuned to hear about this years’ involvement. Email for any questions or to register!

Download registration form HERE

Middle School Music Program

Calling all middle school music specialists in Kelowna. We are excited about our newest program designed specifically for your regular band students. In case you were not able to sign up this year a part of the program will be open to all middle school band students in February 2018! Please email to find out how. This September we have OSO trios ready to kick-off your music programming! They are scheduled to visit three pre-registered middle schools in Kelowna showcasing brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. These 1 hour concerts/demonstrations are designed by our very own professionals to help your music students decide which instruments interest them for the upcoming year. Then, in February your band students get to come all together with their peers from other schools to participate in instrument masterclasses hosted by our OSO professionals with OSYO musicians. The February concert dress rehearsal is directly after these workshops where your students get to enjoy the sounds of the OSYO and the OSO on stage together. That’s 120 instruments inspiring your students mid-way through the year! Additionally, Rosemary Thomson will also visit with your class and teach your music class with you.

Masterclasses & Workshops

Did you know you don’t have to be an advanced music student to take part in our masterclasses? The public is always invited by donation to attend. These are educational and outreach events! Check here to see our season’s masterclasses. Many renowned guest artists from all over the world are invited to perform for our masterworks concert series. Between OSO concerts they go above and beyond by offering masterclasses to local advanced music students. As a student there is no better way to stretch your skills than working with an expert on your instrument. You will learn invaluable tips that will help your playing for a lifetime. As a listener it is always exciting to get an inside peak at how a musician’s skills and sound can transform before your very eyes and ears in such a short period of time. Not only that – you get the chance to meet famous musicians up close and personal.  Don’t miss these unique opportunities right here in your community.

Symphony Story-time


These highly engaging 45 minute ‘cushion’ concerts will delight any preschooler and their family. Created by master Orff teacher and everyone’s ‘favourite Italian Grandpa’ Joe Berarducci engages everyone with nursery tales brought to life with our very own OSO and OSYO musicians. This is a series of four shows presenting different instrument families along with the stories. Kids and parents will be dancing, singing and laughing. Every child also receives their own colouring book depicting the story, characters and music to continue the fun back home. Don’t miss out as tickets are limited. Check the poster for shows and details.

Family Matinee 

The classic children’s tale Peter and the Wolf is brought to life in collaboration with Bumbershoot Theatre as we celebrate their 10th anniversary season. Recommended for ages 4 through 12, this adaptation of Prokofiev’s well loved score brings Peter, the wolf and all of the other characters to life with added songs orchestrated specially for the OSO by Rosemary Thomson. Directed by Tracy Ross of Bumbershoot Theatre, this show will delight the whole family.


Musicians In The Making 

   Often tutored by OSO musicians, local music students from the valley perform in trios and quartets prior to main stage OSO concerts. Join us in the concert hall foyer and listen to the Okanagan’s burgeoning talent.


Symphony at the Library

How often does one get to hear a live professional quartet perform in your local library? Here at the OSO we are hoping to make that happen more often. These free 45 minute concerts feature OSO quartets performing for the public followed by an interactive instrument discovery zoo. Ever wanted to try the tuba? The great timpani? How about a cello? OSYO music students and local music schools will also be on hand to assist this wonderful community outreach event. See our poster for library locations and times.

In addition to the school shows, teachers of middle schools and high schools may want to join the OSO in another affordable way by coming to an Open Dress Rehearsal. We have featured Shakespeare plays set to music so you never know what possible links to learning will enhance your students’ experience. Contact our Education and Outreach Coordinator at to plan your visit.

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