Educational Outreach Concert Series


The Butler County Symphony Orchestra has a diverse Educational Outreach Program that offers students in Butler County the opportunity to interact with guest artists, orchestra members and our conductor. Our Educational Outreach Programs are funded in part by community and business donations.

This year’s program is called, How the Orchestra Grew.

Many great composers have contributed to the growth of the orchestra. How the Orchestra Grew focuses on the orchestra community and how every musician works together to create beautiful music. Students will be introduced to the four instrument families: the strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Students will learn about the important leadership role of the conductor and how the conductor helps lead the tempo and dynamics of the music. Featuring music which spans over 300 years, How the Orchestra Grew introduces students to music of history’s finest composers, from Bach and Beethoven to jazz and movie music.

There is no cost to any of the school districts for this program.


Past Years Ed Outreach program:

2017/2018 school year

In the fourth installment of our Educational Outreach initiative, the Butler County Symphony Orchestra partnered with local school districts to present unique educational outreach programming to its students. “What Makes Music American?” a 30-minute assembly featured works of Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and other American Composers. The concept and accompanying educational materials were written and developed by Music Director Matthew Kraemer. The program was presented October 31 – November 3 in Butler, Slippery Rock, Karns City and Mars Area School Districts. It featured 25 musicians from the Butler County Symphony Orchestra and was narrated by Matthew Kraemer. Educational materials included a program description, composer biographies, a listening guide and links to YouTube videos and music clips of the pieces that were performed.

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