Education & Community


Holland Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to educational and therapeutic outreach programs for adults and children alike, not just as listeners, but also as participants.

Currently, the Holland Symphony sponsors:

  • Holland Symphony Youth Orchestras comprised of:
    • Holland Area Youth Orchestra – auditioned, high school age full orchestra
    • Holland Area Junior Strings – non-auditioned, middle school age string orchestra (students with at least two years of experience)
    • Corelli Group – bridge group of more advanced Junior Strings to become a third orchestra in the next season
  • Youth Advisory Committee
  • Retreat for youth orchestras – Pine Trails Camp, October 21
  • Fiddle Camp Pilot – one-week camp in June at Midtown Center – June 18-22.  NEW – one day appearance of Moxie Strings
  • “The Music in Me” Camp – two sessions of a one-week camp for pre-school students taught by an experienced Kindermusik instructor
    Holiday Class:  December 1 at 5pm
  • Intern Program for youth orchestra members to audition for string positions in Holland Symphony
  • New Horizons String Orchestra (fall and spring)
  • Chamber Music Seminar for youth orchestra students as well as pre-formed school ensembles (March 19 to May 21)
  • Annual concerto competition for area high school musicians;  prizes:  $900 plus an HSO Family Concert performance
  • Family Concert preceded by an instrument Petting Zoo
  • Mentors for Solo and Ensemble Festival and high school Orchestra and Band Festival
  • “Classical Chat” – an informal program presented by our Music Director prior to the three Classical Concerts at Freedom Village Retirement Home;  Freedom Village 6th floor at 3:00pm Thursdays
  • “Pre-concert talks” prior to three Classics Concerts in the Jack H. Miller Center at 6:30pm
  • Refers HSO musical ensembles for special events
  • Refers instrumental music teachers for private lessons
  • Offers presentations for musical enhancement and advocacy of orchestral music
  • Presented workshops: Stage Presence (2008), Career Showcase (2009), College Music Options (2010), and Summer Camps (2011), Composition Competition (2015)
  • Sponsored the Michigan Conducting Institute (2011 and 2012)
  • Offers community members an opportunity to volunteer and usher through The League of Holland Symphony, an affiliate volunteer organization