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Fostering the Next Generation
of Fine-Tuned Talent

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra’s education programs are an integral part of the Symphony’s mission to enrich lives and foster a lifelong appreciation for music. Our programs serve over 9,000 local students annually, providing young people in our community free and low-cost opportunities to grow their musical knowledge.


The Future of Orchestral Music

Founded in 1976, the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) serves over 120 student musicians and their families from more than forty public and private schools in the Central Valley. Led by a deeply engaged leadership team, the youth orchestra attracts a diverse group of outstanding musicians and offers players the opportunity to share their gift of music in an inspiring and challenging orchestral setting among their peers from all social, economic, cultural and geographical backgrounds.


Hitting the Right Notes

The Modesto Symphony Youth Chorus (MSYC), led by Mrs. Jennifer Grover, welcomes both beginning and advanced singers and offers an engaging and inspiring music experience for young vocalists, as well as the opportunity to perform alongside Music Director David Lockington and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and MSO Chorus at the Gallo Center for the Arts! During the 2019/2020 season the MSYC will be featured on The MSO’s Holiday Pops, Holiday Candlelight, Link Up, and Carmina Burana concerts.


link up concerts

Making Musical Moves

Link Up, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, pairs orchestras with students in grades 3–5 at schools in their local communities to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum. Students participating in Link Up attend a culminating concert, in which they sing and play recorders or string instruments with the orchestra from their seats. Students also compose and perform their own pieces inspired by the orchestral repertoire studied.


Instrument Petting Zoo

Safari through the sounds of the Symphony!

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra‘s Instrument Petting Zoo brings community members a fun, hands-on musical experience - at no cost! Symphony Zookeepers will introduce you to the four different instrument families found in the orchestra - brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion. Through a guided experience you’ll learn about how each one creates a unique sound and how to make some noise on your own!


Open Rehearsals

Our free Open Rehearsals are the perfect learning opportunity for students and community groups to experience an exclusive look behind the curtain and witness how Modesto Symphony Orchestra concerts come together. We invite your group to join us and see how our conductor and musicians work together in harmony.


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.


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.