Thanks to the amazing generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations, the WFSO is able to provide music education and programs for community enrichment.
We offer educational programs and activities designed to give school-aged children a greater understanding of the importance of music in our lives. By connecting music with visual arts, history, and literature, our educational programs enrich classroom lessons and introduce students to the excitement of live performance.
The Young People’s Concert supports the mission of the WFSO by working collaboratively with educators to provide a live concert experience to area 5th graders in a real concert hall setting. The concert is held at Memorial Auditorium and takes place during the regular school day. The WFSO also provides a unique curriculum companion to the Young People’s concert, designed to enhance the overall concert experience. To find out more about this exciting program click here.
The WFSO’s Artist in Residence serves as an instructional coach in the WFISD school orchestra program, a critical lever in improving student achievement. The role of our coach is to build teacher capacity and help build the highest quality of student musicians.
The Accent on Strings Program provides complimentary concert tickets for local middle school and high school orchestra students for all WFSO classical performances. The goal of the program is to recognize local orchestra directors and provide positive role models and mentoring experiences for orchestra students.
The Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) offers an apprentice program for talented young musicians to gain access to professional musicians in an educational setting and perform at a concert. Students wishing to participate are selected through an audition process by the YSO (4-6 total students each year). Apprentices are paired with a professional musician in the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and receive six (6) hours of private instruction by their mentor prior to the concert. Students are expected to prepare and play most, if not all, of the music on the concert program. Apprentices are seated next to their mentor to play the full concert on stage.
The mission of the WFYSO is to provide music educational opportunities that lead to exceptional group performances and a lifelong appreciation of music.
Click here to go to the WF Youth Symphony website.