TSO Education and Community Engagement activities reach more than 69,000 people annually.


TSO offers one of the most extensive and comprehensive education and community engagement programs in the orchestra field. TSO Education Programs reach more than 35,000 students and teachers annually through more than 300 concerts, workshops and the TSO Kids! website.

“In order for children to wish to be excellent, they need to see and hear excellence. Your programs provide that opportunity.”

—Fine Arts teacher, Redeemer Lutheran School

Every child deserves a world of creativity and possibility, and every community benefits from those who think creatively and compassionately. Therefore, it is the mission of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s education department to introduce, educate and incorporate music into the lives of community members of all ages.

TSO education programs are nationally recognized for outstanding scope, depth, and innovation.

  • 2007: A Carnegie Mellon University and Americans for the Arts study chose TSO’s Education Programs as one of ten arts and education institutions from across the nation that demonstrates examples of “Best Practice.”
  • 2006: National Governor’s Association Distinguished Service to State Government Award Nomination for the TSO’s Education Programs.
  • 2003: American Symphony Orchestra League Award for Excellence in Orchestra Education funded by Bank of America, signifying the highest standards, depth of purpose, and remarkable accomplishment in both artistic and educational areas.

For more information about the TSO’s education programs, please contact Education Programs Manager, Alana Richardson at education@tucsonsymphony.org or (520) 620-9167.