Columbia Orchestra in the Community
Aside from our public orchestral and chamber concerts, orchestra members make an impact with audiences – young and old! – throughout the community:
- Preschool and Elementary Programs
- Howard County School-Day Program
- Outreach Chamber Concerts
- Partnership Concerts
Preschool and Elementary Programs
Groups of 6-10 orchestra members play 30- to 45-minute programs in Preschools, Elementary Schools, Libraries, and HeadStart programs. These interactive programs focus on the families of instruments in the orchestra through familiar songs that kids can sing along to. If you are interested in scheduling one of these concerts for a student group, please email Coordinator Annette Szawan.
"This was a real treat! It was a great length for the children and the conductor kept them engaged the whole time. They learned a lot in a short time." ~ Preschool Teacher
Howard County School-Day Program
Begun in partnership with the Howard County School System, these full orchestra concerts are presented during the school day for third graders across the county. Read more about these fun, interactive programs here.
Outreach Chamber Concerts
In addition to our chamber series at Christ Episcopal Church, musicians perform recitals at retirement communities, hospitals, and other non-traditional venues. These are often perfect for people who cannot attend our public concerts – we come to them! Please contact our office if you are interested in presenting a group at your location.
Over the years, we have partnered with a number of other organizations on orchestral concerts that have allowed us both to reach a wider audience than we might alone. Collaborations have included “Gospel Goes Classical,” the McDaniel College Choir and the McDaniel Gospel Choir, the M.U.S.E. Foundation (working with the members of John Denver’s band), the Goddard Space Center, and many more. Please contact our office if you would like to explore a partnership opportunity.
Edward Shields III
Center Director, Dasher Green Head Start