Education & Outreach Programs

The Longmont Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is a non-profit community based organization whose mission is to foster and promote the appreciation and understanding of symphonic music through performances and educational programs. To that end, the LSO is dedicated to providing opportunities for our school aged children, seniors, and the underserved community to experience live orchestral music through our Outreach Programs.

Adopt a School Program

Members of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra string quartet, brass quintet, percussion ensemble, and woodwind quintet perform on a four-year rotation through the St. Vrain Valley Elementary Schools. These ensembles perform in over 26 schools yearly, reaching over 4000 students in the 2nd-5th grade in an intimate chamber music setting.

Annual 5th Grade Concert

In late January, the LSO performs two concerts at Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, reaching over 2200 fifth grade students in the St. Vrain Valley. For many students, this is their first experience hearing a live orchestra. Students are given the opportunity to conduct and to ‘sit in’ with the orchestra during one of the pieces.

Mentors in Music Program

This program allows Longmont Symphony Orchestra musicians to mentor middle school and high school instrumental music students. At the discretion of district music teachers, these musicians will be utilized as clinicians, in sectionals, and for individual or ensemble coaching once a week during a 6-week period.

Andrew D. Keller Young Artist Competition

This event, held in mid December, is open to elementary through high school age students. The Young Artist Competition is an opportunity for talented young musicians to prepare a piece to performance level, to compete, and to receive constructive criticism from a panel of judges. Monetary awards are given to those students who place in their respective age categories and one winner is chosen to perform for both the 5th Grade Concert and at our January subscription concert. Many past winners of this competition have gone on to professional performance and music education careers.

Longmont Youth/Junior Youth Symphony

Longmont Youth Symphony and Longmont Junior Youth Symphony are committed to serving the young musicians of the St. Vrain Valley and outlying areas of the community. The groups perform many times throughout the year and collaborate yearly with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra on its January Family concert.

Senior Concerts

Members of the LSO string quartet, brass quintet, and woodwind quintet perform concerts yearly at various senior facilities throughout Longmont.

Ray Parnaby Memorial Scholarship and Gary Dicks Performance Scholarship

Sponsored by the Nancy L. Nixon Foundation, each of these scholarships, valued at $1000.00, is awarded to a graduating high school senior who will be pursuing a music degree.

July 4 Summer Concert

Performed at Thompson Park, this free community concert has become an annual family tradition in Longmont as all ages, and socio-economic backgrounds attend this concert in celebration of our nation and those who have served.

Pop Up Concerts

Longmont Symphony ensembles can be heard at special events throughout the downtown area and in concerts at parks.

Ticket Outreach

We continue to offer free tickets to our regular season concerts and our Nutcracker performances to the underserved community, and students and their families, enabling those to attend who may otherwise be unable due to financial considerations.