Learning & Community

Learning & Community

James C. Armstrong Youth Education Endowment

The James C. Armstrong Youth Education Initiatives of the Austin Symphony Orchestra are cleverly designed to engage students grades Pre-K to 12 with symphonic music through programming that is relevant, innovative, cross-curricular and meaningful. Each year, up to 50,000 Austin-area youth of diverse backgrounds experience the artistry and wonder of our 80+ professional musicians, outreach ensembles and world-class orchestra. This unique level of access is generously supported by national and local funders as well as individual donors. ASO staff and musicians work closely with educators and school administrators in three local counties to customize our thematic, interdisciplinary curriculum. Through this distinctive suite of vertically-aligned programming, students are exposed to symphonic music performed at the highest level and encouraged to make their own experiences with the fine arts, opening doors to a rich treasure trove of lifelong benefits and enjoyment.

Additional support for the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s educational programs include: Applied Materials, Leigh and Russell Arnold, Bank of America, Benchmark Bank, Liza and Johannes Brinkmann, Marvin Brittman, Elizabeth L. and Russell F. Hallberg Foundation, H-E-B, Lurleen & Dan Ladd, National Endowment for the Arts, PNC, The Powell Foundation, The Rea Charitable Trust, Reagan and Lauren Reaud, Texas Commission On The Arts, Thrivent, Tres Grace Foundation, and Women’s Symphony League of Austin.



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Building Blocks of the Orchestra

Our Building Blocks program gives pre-K through 3rd grade students their first up-close and personal introduction to instruments of the orchestra, laying a firm foundation for music appreciation.

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Young People’s Concerts

Students grades 4-5 experience the magic and wonder of our full orchestra in performance at the Long Center through cross-curricular, multisensory programs designed just for them.

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High School Concerts / Connecting with Music

Our full orchestra visits 4-5 high school campuses each year to perform a carefully-crafted, humanities-based program for students grades 9-12.

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Halloween Children’s Concert

Be captivated by a magical journey through family-friendly classics, inspired by witches, sorcerers, and enchanted creatures! This annual favorite promises to delight audiences of all ages with a bewitching lineup.

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ASO Tuneful Tales

If you’re looking for something cool, exciting, and FREE to do with your little ones this summer, the Austin Symphony Orchestra Tuneful Tales (formerly Children’s Day Art Park) has you covered!

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Student Group and Student Rush Tickets

The ASO invites students and student groups to enjoy live classical or pops music through special discount programs.

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ASO Guest Artist Master Classes

The ASO is thrilled to provide access to a select set of our world-class guest artists through master class opportunities at which advanced local students are invited to participate.

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Austin Youth Orchestra

The ASO is proud to be a partner of the Austin Youth Orchestra, which serves hundreds of local students grades 1-12 each year through direct participation in its various youth ensembles.

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The Bancroft Initiative

The Bancroft Initiative is committed to expanding the reach of the ASO Masterworks Series to a broader cross-section of the Austin community.

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Interested in what our students are learning?

Check out our online resources for teachers, students and families.


H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

More than 100,000 people gather at Vic Mathias Shores for the largest Independence Day celebration in Austin.

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Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park

During select months of the year, our ASO chamber ensembles perform a Sunday series of free, family-friendly concerts at the Long Center’s Hartman Park.

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