Exciting the Imagination of All Generations

“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,  ASO Music Director


The ASO's youth education outreach strives to ensure that all children have the opportunity to make music part of their lives. Hands-on, in-class exposure to musical instruments, on-going access to professional musicians and in-theatre concert experiences enhance and enrich schools' existing music curricula. Youth education efforts include:

  • Education Concerts: Annually, the ASO performs education concerts for more than 3,200 second graders from area elementary schools.
  • Music Van: Each spring, a team of ASO musicians visit third grade classes throughout the region providing a hands-on introduction to the instruments.
  • Adopt-A-School: Teams of ASO musicians regularly visit music students at the elementary, middle and high school level providing individual coaching and instruction to instrumental music.
  • Master Classes: Internationally renowned guest artists are invited to present master classes to area music students.

For more specifics on the ASO’s youth education efforts, click here.


The ASO 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.

For more on the ASO’s adult education , click here.


The ASO is committed to producing, presenting, and promoting memorable symphonic music that increases the awareness, enjoyment, and appreciation of music for all ages throughout the region. We demonstrate that commitment through a variety of outreach programs including:

  • Pops in the Park - a free, family-friendly concert on Labor Day weekend at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. This community concert attracts over 4,000 people each year.
  • Ticket to Health - provides complimentary tickets to Hospice caregivers and members of the Wellness House and Hospice of the Chesapeake in Annapolis.
  • Music Heals - brings the restorative power of music to those in need. The Maestro, guest artists, and musicians visit senior communities, youth-serving agencies, and community organizations throughout the region.


Lexus Pops in the Park is a FREE concert produced by the ASO and performed annually at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. Open to the public, the Labor Day concert kicks off the ASO's season before a gathering of 4,000 people, many of whom have never entered a concert hall. Children, parents, grandparents, young couples, retirees, music-lovers young and old all gather to hear the wonders of symphonic music in an idyllic outdoor setting. This is a family-friendly ASO tradition treasured by all in our community!


The ASO believes in the restorative power of music. Through a variety of partnerships, ASO's Music Heals program uses music to create a positive impact on patient healing. Music can address a patient's need for hope, encouragement, support and comfort. Whether sending our musicians into area hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers or partnering with local doctors who prescribe concerts for their patients, the Music Heals program aims to support our community's health through music.

Music Heals event at Nordstom in the Westfield Annapolis Mall with Evan Bertrand and ASO musicians Nick Currie, Christian Tremblay, Sarah Hart, and Todd Thiel.

Support for the ASO’s Education and Community Programs is generated from donations from businesses and individuals as well as a variety of grants for which the ASO applies annually. Such support is vital for the continuation and growth of these programs. For information on how you can support the ASO’s Education and Community Programs, click here or contact the ASO at 410-269-1132.

The ASO is committed to producing, presenting, and promoting memorable symphonic music that increases the awareness, enhances creative thinking, enjoyment, and appreciation of music for all ages throughout the region — and we demonstrate that commitment through a variety of community programs.