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NSO Education

Opportunities for Families

  • [image of conductor] NSO Family Concerts

    Sunday afternoon concerts designed to entertain parents and children (ages 7 and up) alike.

  • [image of cello] NSO Kinderkonzerts

    Small, interactive ensemble performances to acquaint young children ages 4 and up with the orchestra and its instruments.

  • [image of french horn] NSO Ensembles

    Designed for children 9 and up, these concerts use multimedia performances that demonstrate the connections between music and other academic disciplines.

  • [image of string bass] Instrument "Petting Zoos"

    Children (and their parents) have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they will see professionally played on stage.

  • [image of violin] Young Artists on the Millennium Stage

    View archived video of NSO Youth Fellows and Summer Music Institute participants in recital on the Millennium Stage.

  • [image of trumpet] Young Soloists' Concerts

    Pick your favorites during the free division final concerts, and then watch the winners of the NSO's Young Soloists' Competition perform as a soloists in a free concert with the National Symphony Orchestra.

  • [image of harp] Youth Orchestra Day Concert

    Each year talented high school students from area youth orchestras perform a free concert side by side with members of the National Symphony Orchestra.

  • [image of trombone] Summer Music Institute Concert

    After four weeks of private lessons, rehearsals, and coaching by National Symphony Orchestra members, students of the Summer Music Institute present a free concert to showcase what they've learned.

  • [image of xylophone] NSO American Residencies

    Unique touring program in which the NSO makes a state or a region the focus of a host of performances and educational activities.