Imagine a day without music. Imagine 132 years without music.
What would Detroit, its communities, and its schools look like without 132 years of music from its orchestra? Orchestras don’t exist without their communities’ support—for the current musicians on stage and for future generations through music education.
In 1922, the DSO was the first American orchestra to hire a full-time education director, and in 2019 the DSO continues to prioritize students. Here are a few of the ways we do it:
-400-500 students receive musical training at the DSO per week
-EVERY 4th grader in the DPSCD—nearly 5,000 students—is guaranteed a DSO field trip to experience live music each year through the Cultural Passport program
-250 preschoolers are visited by DSO musicians in their classrooms twice yearly
-100,000 classroom and homeschool viewers watch live DSO Educational Concert Series programs each year through our Classroom Edition webcasts
-Over 13,000 students attend Educational Concerts onsite in Orchestra Hall each year
Our programs are growing, but there are literally tens of thousands of school children in our region who do not receive music education each year. A single violin costs about $250. But that’s just the beginning: it’s estimated that specialized music training costs $5,000 for one student. Per year.
For the past 132 years, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has been a cultural pillar for its city. Through modernization, economic downturns, bankruptcy, and resurgence, the DSO fought alongside residents to remain active and accessible, and to provide its community with music. We say the DSO is the most accessible orchestra on the planet and that education is a vital component of accessibility.
The DSO is a community-supported orchestra. Help us deepen Detroit’s unstoppable legacy as a place where music matters and makes the difference by training musicians and keeping musicians on the stage!