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.