The DSO provides music for all ages across Durham and surrounding areas. Our Education and Community Outreach programs make classical music accessible for all audiences in schools, care facilities, library, community centers, as well as our performance halls.
Free Community Concerts

DSO Youth Percussion Ensemble-In School Program
Durham Symphony Orchestra has a new performing ensemble for students in Durham! Its “DSO Youth Percussion Ensemble” is made up of 6th-8th graders from Durham Nativity School. Under the leadership of principal percussionist Matt Vooris, the DSOYPE learns and performs classical chamber works for drummers and percussionists. Ensemble skills, personal development, composition, creativity and work ethics are equally focused on to produce a vibrant and meaningful experience for the students…and the audience! Recent performances included Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music”, and an improvised jam with buckets and sticks.

Mini Maestro: Magical World of Wizards and Wands
The DSO strives to reach audience members of all ages and provide family-friendly concerts where all ages can come and enjoy the music. These shows will also include interactive qualities that will encourage the curiosity of young audience members to explore future orchestra opportunities.

Young Artist Competition
This season YAC will give young pianist in the area the opportunity to showcase their talents at the DSO April 2017 Tchaikovsky concert.

DSO Emily K Side-by-Side Concert with Kidznotes

Every year the DSO partners with Kidznotes best students to produce a concert in which young musicians get to experience player side-by-side with professional players.

Education Community Partners

DSO & Kidznotes Side by SideKidznotes

Durham Nativity School

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham