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For Teachers and Students

The Orchestra Up Close

This program is designed to introduce very young children to music through exposure to the instruments of the orchestra. Small ensembles of CSO musicians present hour-long programs to small groups of children allowing for an “up close” experience that is not possible at larger concerts. The musicians perform and talk about their instruments and children have the opportunity to make observations, ask questions, and, most importantly, to touch and play the variety of instruments in the CSO “instrument petting zoo.” This program is available to schools throughout the region, and is presented to more than 6,000 children annually.

For Young Musicians

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Prior to specific concerts, Columbus area music students are invited to attend a master class taught by CSO musicians on technique and artistry. This master class series gives students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience while receiving immediate feedback from professional musicians. This program will give specific insight on soloistic and chamber performance practices as well as one-on-one instruction.

Challenger Strings

The CSO and the Empowered Youth of Columbus have collaborated in teaching violin to young children at Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy while instilling in them the discipline, powers of concentration, and team work necessary to be successful, not only in music but in life.

For the Community 

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A group of CSO musicians perform conventional music in the most unconventional places. You never know where they might show up. Previous locations include Publix, Target, TSYS, and your local hospital.


S’MORES (Saturday Mid-day Orchestra Rehearsals) are open dress rehearsals with an informal and all-inclusive atmosphere. The CSO is breaking the financial barrier by encouraging attendees to “pay what you want.” By allowing YOU to set the price, S’MORES eliminates hesitation and exposes people who have not had the capabilities to partake in the music that is being created here in Columbus.

Know the Score

One hour prior to each classical concert, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra offers a casual pre-concert event called “Know the Score”. This thirty-minute lecture/ interview/discussion is led by Mr. Del Gobbo and offers some insight into the repertoire on that evening’s concert as well as occasional visits from guest artists and other “persons of interest.” Free Admission with Concert Ticket.

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Conductor “Professor” George Del Gobbo will lead a class on various musical topics while you sip a glass of your favorite wine and munch on delicious hors d’oeuvres. There will be no homework or tests. That’s how we roll at “the U.”


Tickets for children and students

Did you know that kids tickets (12 and under) are only $5? Tickets can be purchased online or at the RiverCenter Box Office once single tickets go on sale in late August.

In addition to $5 child tickets, each season the Columbus Symphony Orchestra works with our partners in education to provide complimentary concert tickets to more than 1,000 children in schools throughout the Chattahoochee Valley. Capturing the attention and cultivating the interest of our youngest potential patrons is vital not only as an enrichment of their personal lives, but to the survival of our art. This would not be possible without your generous support. To learn more about supporting CSO’s education and outreach programs, visit the Support page.


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