Education & Community

Education & Community Engagement

In a typical year, the Houston Symphony serves more than 410,000 people annually—including more than 225,000 through free and low-cost programs, events, and concerts. The Symphony’s wide array of Education & Community Engagement programs are led by orchestra members and select instrumentalists from our nationally recognized Community-Embedded Musician Initiative.

In a typical year, students from 350 public, private and home schools, and 20 school districts participate in the Symphony’s education initiatives. During a pandemic year, the Houston Symphony served more than 1.3 million people through a combination of digital and live events.

These programs are designed around three core values:

Personal Connections

The Symphony’s wide array of Education & Community Engagement programs are led by orchestra musicians (can we link to musician bios landing page) and musicians from our nationally recognized Community-Embedded Musician Initiative

Community-Centered

In our pursuit to become America’s most relevant and accessible orchestra, we design our programs to address the key needs of our community, informed by the invaluable guidance from our partner organizations and African American and Hispanic Leadership Councils.

Diversity

Nearly 50% of our Education & Community Engagement program participants are economically disadvantaged, and they represent the diversity of our community – 43% Hispanic, 24% Caucasian, 23% Black, 7% Asian, 1% American Indian, and 2% from two or more races.

 
 

STUDENTS & EDUCATORS

The Symphony is here to help keep students engaged in their musical studies through full-orchestra concerts for students and resources to use in the classroom or at home.

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FAMILIES

From family-friendly concerts to making music at home, immerse your family in the joys of learning music.

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COMMUNITY

We are dedicated to connecting the music and musicians of the Symphony with the diverse communities of Greater Houston.

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PARTNERSHIPS

The Houston Symphony has strong partnerships with a number of local and national organizations.

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In a typical year, the Houston Symphony serves more than 410,000 people annually—including more than 225,000 through free and low-cost programs, events, and concerts.

Special thanks to our Education & Community Supporters

The Robbins Foundation
Student Concert Series

Support Our Community Initiatives

Through more than 1,000 education and community engagement performances and events, the Houston Symphony works to fulfill many of our community's needs.