“Music education is for all of us. Regardless of age, background or musical talent, we all benefit from these programs. Research clearly shows that music education programs prepare students to learn, facilitate student achievement, and develop the creative capacities for lifelong success. Beyond the academic and emotional benefits of music, we also believe in the restorative powers of music. In short, music improves lives, which is why the ASO offers a broad spectrum of programs." ~José-Luis Novo, Music Director
The Annapolis Symphony is committed to continuing the best traditions of life-long learning and community building through its adult education programs including:
- Pre-Concert Lectures provide musical and historical context and perspective to the evening's repertoire.
- Program notes, included in each classic series concert program and on the ASO’s website, provide valuable information on each concert and provide another opportunity for our audience to increase their enjoyment of the concert through a deeper understanding of the music.
- "Symphony Study" is a four-session interactive class specifically designed for music lovers who want to learn even more about the world of classical music.
Prior to each Masterworks concert, the ASO offers a FREE pre-concert conversation designed to enhance and enrich the experience of attending a symphonic performance. Led by Dr. Rachel Franklin, distinguished lecturer and pianist, the lectures provide musical and historical context and perspective to the evening's repertoire. Dr. Franklin’s sessions have been praised by Symphony patrons as both highly entertaining and enlightening. Pre-concert conversations begin at 6:45pm in the auditorium.
For more information about Dr. Franklin, click here.
Program notes, included in each classic series concert program, provide valuable composer biographies and shed light on the historical and cultural context in which the pieces were composed, as well as breakdowns of the various parts of each piece. The Symphony also makes the program notes, along with musical excerpts, available on our website to provide another opportunity for our audience to increase their enjoyment of the concert by enabling a deeper understanding of the music.
To view our audio-enhanced program notes, click here.
For adults interested in an in-depth learning experience, the ASO offers its Symphony Study course, led by Dr. Rachel Franklin. This 3-session interactive class is specifically designed for music lovers who want to learn even more about the world of classical music. The course offers a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary study of a specific topic within the classical music realm. It is designed to educate and illuminate music in a fun, interactive educational program that also takes students "behind the scenes" to see how concerts are rehearsed and more.
Symphony study students have said, "Great topic, Informative, Wonderful instructor."
"Rachel is absolutely fascinating and so knowledgeable."
"Thoroughly enjoyed this class, especially since my musical training is minimal."
"An excellent course and a marvelous instructor."