“Thank you for sacrificing your time for my kids – it means the world to us.”
– Teacher, elementary school in Lawrence, MA
“Thanks to all of you amazing musicians for a most incredible job on Wednesday, and for your generosity of spirit and willingness to help us spread the gospel of all things fine and wonderful in this world.”
— Laura Carlo, 99.5 FM,
commenting on
“Music Matters” program

Our Commitment to Youth Education

The Lexington Symphony has a strong commitment to outreach of all kinds in the community, and has developed a number of programs for young people. Its signature program, Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™, has been a huge hit with its third- and fourth-grade audience (and their teachers and administrators). The program has received continuing support from the Lexington Education Foundation, and was the recipient of a George Henschel Community Award from the Harvard Musical Association this year.

Since 2006, Lexington Symphony has produced the following programs within our community:

  • Patriots’ Day concert, with family-friendly program of light classical fare (est. 2004)
  • Free open rehearsal for the greater community featuring violin sensation Stefan Jackiw, who has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony (2006)
  • Workshop for all Lexington High School music students with former Chicago Symphony hornist Gail Williams, Symphony flutist Danielle Boudrot, Music Director Jonathan McPhee, and students from the Lexington High School Wind Ensemble (2007)
  • Biennial Kids’ Workshop & Concert (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
  • Music Matters, a program about the instrument families of the orchestra presented by a quartet of musicians in economically disadvantaged schools including Lawrence, Everett, East Boston, and Lynn. Offered in partnership with WCRB and the Massachusetts Teacher’s Association (2008-2010)
  • Afternoon and evening Holiday Pops! concerts, part of Lexington Holiday Festival Night (est. 2009 and ongoing)
  • Performed side-by-side with string players from Lexington High School at the Symphony’s Patriots’ Day Concert
  • Featured Lexington High School seniors as a soloist with the orchestra

In addition, the Symphony carries out the following educational activities:

  • Coaching of Lexington High School students in preparation for their Senior District auditions in a master class/mock audition setting
  • Awarding an annual scholarship to a deserving junior at Lexington High School for their work in orchestra
  • Supporting music educators in the area in various ways. One example: responding to a request from an elementary school music teacher in Lawrence for recorders for her students. Lexington Symphony musicians donated more than 100 recorders to jump-start her music program. Another example: volunteering to demonstrate instruments to children at the Harrington Elementary School fall arts festival.