The Modesto Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to music education throughout our community and region. It is an indispensable part of life-long learning and prepares individuals to succeed in school, work and life. The MSO is proud to present the following education programs for music lovers of all ages.

Link Up Concert

Through a unique partnership with the Carnegie Hall’s Weil Music Institute the Modesto Symphony offers a year-long music education, composition and performance curriculum to our area students grades three through five. Learn More >

Instrument Petting Zoo

Our traveling Instrument Petting Zoo brings a fun musical experience into the classroom and straight into the hands of kids in our community - at no cost. Learn More >


Master Classes

Geared for music students of an advanced ability level, this collaborative learning opportunity pairs students with our Symphony musicians, conductors and visiting guest artists. Presenters lend their technical expertise and enthusiasm for the arts in various settings including sectional rehearsals, one-on-one lessons, clinics and lectures. Students benefit from having an industry professional work with them on practice and performance skills, various techniques, artistic interpretation of works and insight into the business of professional music making.



Pre-concert Commentary


As an appetizer to our great performances, all ticket holders are invited to attend a free insightful music preview with Maestro David Lockington and guest lecturers before every Classics concert from 7:00–7:30 pm. This intimate presentation is packed with fun facts about the composer(s), concert repertoire and more!

Admission is free with your concert ticket.



Student Rush Tickets


Student rush tickets are $12 each and are available for sale at the Gallo Center Ticket Office two weeks prior to the following concerts:

All Student Rush tickets are subject to availability. To get the rush price, a patron must present a valid student ID and can purchase a maximum of two tickets.