EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Everyone at the OSO is always thinking of new ways to become involved with our community at large. We are delighted to see how many young children are visiting the symphony for the first time, and how many look forward to our repeat programming every year. We strive to provide artistic leadership for all age groups and make every effort to reach out to communities in order to connect and help engender a passion for live music. Join us!
Every Spring the OSO performs two shows in each of the Okanagan cities of Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna. Teachers, this is your chance to enhance your music program! We strive to choose repertoire to match your needs. Leading up to your visit to the symphony you will receive an in depth resource package full of age appropriate lessons, with provincial learning outcomes included to make your job a little easier! These shows are growing in size each year. Recently we proudly presented all levels of young string players from all over the Okanagan Valley. They performed alongside our OSO professionals to a total of roughly 3000 children. Some schools brought their entire student body so be sure to get your fieldtrip to the symphony booked early!
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 to plan your visit.
Masterclasses & Workshops
The OSO invites many renowned guest artists from all over the world to perform for our regular concert series. These musicians go above and beyond by offering masterclasses, lectures or workshops to local music students. From group Q&A times to one on one instrument instruction these are sessions any serious music student will not want to miss. Check back regularly to read about what’s upcoming. These events are generally open to the public too!
These workshops offer a fun and engaging session with a music teacher and trios of OSO musicians visiting your daycare! In the past we have visited a centre where multiple day cares have signed up to attend a series of short workshops designed for our youngest crowd. We supply the programming and hand outs. Early Childhood Centre directors have reported their staff are delighted to learn new ways to integrate musical instruments into their own programming and they have observed the children’s renewed interest in simple songs and exploration of what music they can make on their own.
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.