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Petting Zoo

The NSO regularly hosts instrument “petting zoos” at local festivals, Culture Days throughout the Niagara Region, and as part of local March Break programming. Partnering with local music stores and volunteers from the Niagara Youth Orchestra, NSO staff and musicians offer fun instrument demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to try out orchestral instruments for any member of the public. With instrumental music programs becoming a rarity in elementary schools, the Instrument Petting Zoo may be a student’s – or adult’s – first opportunity to hold and explore any type of instrument up close.