Youth + Community

Lexington Symphony is a professional orchestra of celebrated musicians who share a passion for classical music and understand the power of music to build community. Founded in 1995, Lexington Symphony's dual mission combines performance of six affordable and accessible world-class concerts in the heart of MetroWest and award-winning educational outreach programs programs that introduce classical music to audiences of all ages and reach thousands of area youth annually.

A Commitment to Youth and Community

Thank you for sacrificing your time for my kids—it means the world to us.
— Teacher, elementary school in Lawrence, MA

Lexington Symphony has a strong commitment to outreach of all kinds in the community, and has developed a number of programs for young people. Our signature program, Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™, has introduced over 19,000 third- and fourth-grade students (and their teachers and administrators) to classical music since 2009. The program has received continuing support from the Lexington Education Foundation and was the recipient of a George Henschel Community Award from the Harvard Musical Association this year.

Thanks to all of you amazing musicians for a most incredible job on Wednesday, and for your generosity of spirit and willingness to help us spread the gospel of all things fine and wonderful in this world.
— Laura Carlo, 99.5 FM, commenting on “Music Matters” program

A sampling of Lexington Symphony’s community programs:

  • Patriots’ Day Concert, with family-friendly program of light classical music (est. 2004)
  • Free open rehearsal for the greater community featuring violin sensation Stefan Jackie, who has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony (2006)
  • Workshop for all Lexington High School music students with former Chicago Symphony hornist Gail Williams, Symphony flutist Danielle Boudrot, Music Director Jonathan McPhee, and students from the Lexington High School Wind Ensemble (2007)
  • Community Music Festival, a Lexington tradition showcasing the talents of our culturally-diverse community (2016, 2017)
  • Music Matters, a program about the instrument families of the orchestra, presented by a quartet of musicians to economically disadvantaged schools in Lawrence, Everett, East Boston, and Lynn. Offered in partnership with WCRB and the Massachusetts Teacher’s Association (2008-2010)
  • Orchestrating Kids Through Classics™ for third- and fourth-grade students in Lexington and beyond (est. 2009 and ongoing)
  • Afternoon and evening Holiday Pops! concerts, part of Lexington Holiday Festival Night (est. 2009 and ongoing)
  • Performed side-by-side with string players from Lexington High School at the Symphony’s Patriots’ Day Concert
  • Featured Lexington High School seniors as soloists with the orchestra

In addition, the Symphony carries out the following educational activities:

  • Coaching of Lexington High School students in preparation for their Senior District auditions in a master class/mock audition setting
  • Awarding of an annual scholarship to a deserving junior at Lexington High School for their work in orchestra
  • Supporting area music educators. For example: When an elementary school music teacher in Lawrence requested recorders for her students, Lexington Symphony musicians donated more than 100 recorders to jump-start her music program.
  • Community Music Festival 2016 & 2017

Community Events

In the Greater Community

Smaller ensembles from the orchestra perform throughout the year in many different venues, bringing classical music directly to all ages in an up-close and personal way.

The Lexington Symphony Chamber Players are available to play at private functions. For further information and a price list, please contact us.

Upcoming events

January 25-26, 2018
OKTC

May 19, 2018
Community Music Festival

Past events

October 25, 2015
Saint Matthew’s Church in Acton | Music for strings and soprano

October 11, 2015
Brookhaven in Lexington | Music for brass

September 11, 2015
The Commons in Lincoln | Music for clarinet and strings

April 27, 2015
Temple Isaiah | Music for clarinet and strings

November 17, 2014
Brookhaven at Lexington | Haydn and Schumann

May 2, 2014
Goddard House, Brookline | Music for flute, harp, strings, and piano

March 27, 2014
Temple Isaiah, Lexington | Music for flute, harp, and strings |Mozart, Tournier, and Françaix

March 8, 2014
The Commons in Lincoln | Music for trumpet and piano | Rich Given and Paul Carlson