Education & Community Programs

Orchestra playing on stage

For over a century, we have used symphonic music as a catalyst to enrich our community through educational programming. We strive to bring people together, create meaningful connections to the Minnesota Orchestra and inspire exploration and growth through thoughtful programming for people of all ages.

There's A Program For You

Learn about the ways we connect with students, educators, families, lifelong learners and community partners.

Education & Community Engagement Brochure

Please note that this season's program lineup may change if adjustments are deemed necessary to protect the health and safety of our audiences, musicians, staff and partners.

Students & Teachers

Students excited during a performance

Young People's Concerts

One-hour concerts developed with interactive elements and themes. Free curriculum, online guide to the orchestra, and digital workshops are some of the resources available to compliment these age-appropriate performances.


Students during a Kinder Konzert

Kinder Konzerts

In partnership with FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra; experience a narrated musical story based on a children's book, performed by musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra. Promotes literacy development and musical learning.

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Musicians visit a Minneapolis school

School Partnerships

Free in-person musician visits to K-12 schools and colleges/universities within a 25 mile radius of Orchestra Hall. For the 2020-21 season, we are offering free digital musician visits to organizations throughout the state.


Musicians playing chamber music

Career Exploration Workshops

Take a closer look at the work of a musician and learn about several career paths available in the arts.

Explore Workshops


Musicians side-by-side with students


An annual side-by-side rehearsal with one of our partner youth ensembles. Students receive mentorship from their stand partner and the chance to work with a professional conductor.

There are currently no side-by-sides due to Covid-19 guidelines.

Symphonic Adventures

Symphonic Adventures for High Schools

Bring the entire Orchestra to a Twin Cities-area high school for a one-hour concert designed for secondary students and hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman.

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Minnesota Orchestra at Home

At Home performances with Musicians

Our Digital Home

Resource hub for educators, students and families for at-home performances, playlists, activities and more. New content added each week, so bookmark it, and visit often!




Guests at family and sensory-friendly performances

Sensory-Friendly and Relaxed Family Concerts

Concerts for all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. The performances take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to who they are.




Pre-performance event

Pre/Post Concert Programs

Come early or stay late for discussions with musicians, guest artist performances and interactive exhibits, or partner with the Orchestra to create a program for audiences.


Fantasy Camp students

Fantasy Camp

An opportunity for talented amateur musicians to live the Minnesota Orchestra experience. Perform with the Orchestra and experience first-hand how concerts go from idea to reality.

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Yoga class at Orchestra Hall

Music & Mindfulness

Our Yoga class series lets you practice yoga with a local instructor and live music curated and performed by Minnesota Orchestra musicians.. Additionally, we offer guided meditation and music presented in collaboration with the UofMN's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing.

Event Listing

Display of local artist's work

Community Partnerships

Free in-person musician visits to arts organizations, after school programs, community centers and other non-profits within a 25 mile radius of Orchestra Hall. For the 2020-21 season, we are offering free digital musician visits to organizations throughout the state.



Orchestra performance

Rosemary & David Good Fellowship

A two-year program intended to enhance opportunities for African American, Latin American and Native American professional orchestral musicians early in their careers and to encourage greater diversity in the orchestral field.

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Common Chords audience

Common Chords

The Minnesota Orchestra immerses itself in a single Minnesota community for one week; including musical activities taking place in a variety of settings such as concerts halls, schools, coffee shops, pubs and community centers.

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