Education Overview

Listen! Discover! Learn!

The Charlottesville Symphony provides unforgettable music education experiences for children, families and schools in nine Central Virginia counties.  Both new and longstanding partnerships help ensure that public, private and home schools have access to high-quality, professional resources that address the needs of K-12 music programs in the region.  Our goals are to:

  • Provide students with a variety of symphonic experiences
  • Build a lifelong relationship with music
  • Break down barriers between students and classical musicians
  • Support teachers in integrating music into their classrooms


Youth Concerts

"Thank You" to  those in your ranks that made Thursday's concert so memorable and meaningful.  The musical selections were wonderful and the performance was excellent in every way.  We are so appreciative of the service you provide to our community and our students.

- Andrew MacDanel, Music teacher, Greenbrier Elementary School

Dear Orchestra, Thank you for your great music you real expired me to become a musician my favorite part is when you took turns telling us about different instrument and my favorite section was all of them.

- Greenbrier Elementary School student


Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I can't say enough how special this program is.  The opportunity to have a professional player in the classroom playing with our school ensemble is priceless. Thank you for everything you do to support the next generation of musicians!

- Pete Echol, Stuart Hall School

I was so impressed with how you tailored your presentation to meet the interests and attention of our little guys….Many of our students don't have significant exposure to the performing arts and you could tell how excited they were to hear the instruments and learn about some of their origins.

- Emily Dooley, Principal, Nathanael Greene Primary School

Small Group Coaching

This was a wonderful experience for our students and I could not have been more pleased…I would love to continue with such wonderful programs.  With so many of our students needing financial support, they will never have an opportunity to be involved in anything even close without you all.

- Peggy Haluska, Music teacher, Walton Middle School

Instrument Donation

The Charlottesville Symphony has a need for orchestral instruments in good working condition that can be used for our Musical Instrument Petting Zoo programs. If you are interested in donating an instrument to the orchestra, please follow these steps:

  1. Take the instrument to Music & Arts in Charlottesville for an assessment.
  2. Approve and pay for recommended repairs.
  3. Obtain a written certification from Music & Arts that the instrument is in good working condition.
  4. Contact Elizabeth Roberts, Director of Youth Education for the Charlottesville Symphony Society, at She will assist you in obtaining a tax donation letter for the instrument, if requested. IMPORTANT:  Only instruments certified to be in good playing condition by Music & Arts will be accepted.

Education Links

ARTSEDGE: The Kennedy Center's Arts Education Network

Carnegie Hall Digital Library

Music & Arts in Charlottesville

Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia