nso on the go
Find the Niagara Symphony Orchestra outside the concert hall and in your community with these mobile music education programs!
Art & Minds wind trio
a blue planet
An entertaining and educational program of original Canadian music for wind trio specifically designed to captivate students in grades 4 to 8, with strong connections to the Ontario arts curriculum that engage students with several compositional concepts and highlights a living Canadian composer as well as modelling career options in the performing arts
Conductor in the classroom
NSO Music Director Bradley Thachuk visits highschool bands and orchestras to guide them through a regular ensemble rehearsal, giving students the opportunity to work with a conductor other than their usual music teacher, and to receive insight and instruction from a highly qualified professional conductor. In addition to guiding the rehearsal, Maestro Thachuk is able to offer insights into further music education and possible career options for future professional or amateur musicians.
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.