With the mission to enrich lives through the exhilarating experience of live orchestral music, the Omaha Symphony believes in making music accessible to everyone! We reach out to the entire community. Each year, the symphony performs more than 100 concerts - from free community events to MasterWorks to Family to Rocks, our education programs provide over 30,000 kids with the opportunity to make music, and through community engagement we offer access to the arts and performance opportunities.
Ensuring broad access to the arts is at the heart of the Omaha Symphony's mission, and the symphony has been serving the youth of our community with education programs for 50 years. Adventures in Music, our education series of seven core programs, annually serves over 30,000 prekindergarten through twelfth grade students and 1,000 educators and administrators from over 300 schools. Education programs adhere to Nebraska Standards for Education and make students active participants in their own learning, either in their classroom, on stage as musicians, or as active audience members in the live concert experience. Through participating in Omaha Symphony education programs, students are introduced to age-appropriate musical concepts, skills and repertoire, and teachers receive classroom education materials to prepare students for their symphony experience and engage them after their visit. Adventures in Music programs include: Mission Imagination (preschool-3rd grade), Concerts for Youth (4th-6th grade), Carnegie Hall Link Up (4th-6th grade), Celebrate Creativity (middle-high school), Music Mentors (middle-high school), Choral Collaborative (high school), and Educator as Maestro (music educators).
The Omaha Symphony is committed to providing responsive and accessible arts opportunities to the community. Our Community Engagement program allows the Omaha Symphony to create meaningful music experiences beyond the concert hall. Through collaborations with community partners, mentoring and performance opportunities, free public concerts, and free outdoor performances, the symphony reaches out to individuals of all ages from every background and from a number of locations throughout Omaha to advance arts access. New Community Engagement efforts feature young people performing with the Omaha Symphony through our collaborations with the Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center, Omaha Area Youth Orchestras, Omaha Conservatory of Music's Violin Sprouts, and Omaha Public Schools. Through our Ticket Access program, we also partner with organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Completely Kids, and El Museo Latino.
"When I heard the Symphony members play the pieces we were working on, I felt like a new world had been opened up to me - the Symphony members really brought out the beauty in the music, showing me how the music can sound when played well. In fact, our ensemble has been able to emulate many of the things we noticed Symphony members doing and have thus improved greatly ourselves just by hearing them." - Student participating in Music Mentors
"Thank you for providing this experience for my kids. This is probably the one and only time many of my students will hear an orchestra. It was and always is, a great experience for my kids. Even the most hardened kids loved the program and wished that it had been longer." - Teacher, Concerts for Youth