Music Education & Community


Many of our music education programs are self funded and not a part of the PSO budget. Community financial support is necessary and appreciated. If you would like to donate to PSO Education Fund for the 2016-2017 Season, please go HERE or contact the PSO Office at (270) 444-0065.

Paducah Symphony Education Programs & Services impacted students over 13,500 times during the 2015-2016 Season:

Maestro Raffaele Ponti visited over 1,688 students in 15 schools. These Maestro Visits were conducted in preparation for the Education Concerts as presented by the Class Acts Education Series at the Carson Center.These presentations utilized music and art and incorporated a solar system theme.

Paducah Symphony Education Concerts were presented by the Carson Center’s Class Acts Series. These matinee concerts, titled “Planets – A Tour of Our Solar System,” were attended by 2,282 students from 29 schools and homeschool groups. Several of these students also attended the Instrument Petting Zoo workshop, which was coordinated by 30 PSO volunteers and 21 students and faculty members from UT Martin.

The High School Tour took place at McCracken County High School and Paducah Tilghman High School. The Paducah Symphony Orchestra traveled to both schools and performed for a total of 3,000 students. Band, orchestra and choral students from each school had the opportunity to perform one selection with the orchestra.

Musical Story Time, in partnership with the McCracken County Public Library, presented its Bach Edition program to 5,296 students in grades Pre-K through 5 during the 2015-2016 school year. This program utilizes storytellers, actors and professional musicians to promote music and literacy.

Paducah Symphony Fiddlers Philharmonic & Youth & Children’s Choruses were made up of 92 students who met regularly throughout the year and performed in various concerts and community events.

Musical Chairs provided approximately 11 students the opportunity to sit next to a professional musician during a rehearsal of the PSO.

Young Artist Concerto Competition, in partnership with Murray State University, was won by tubist Max Crofton, chosen from among 40 applicants. Crofton will perform October 15 with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.

Free Student Ticket program provided over 300 students an opportunity to attend a PSO concert.

Ensembles in Schools, partially underwritten by Ronald McDonald House Charities, provided visits from a Brass Quintet to 630 students in two schools.

Outstanding High School Senior Awards were given to a select 20 high school seniors in the region for their excellence in Orchestra, Band, or Chorus.

Summer Music Camp was attended by 140 students with. 23 faculty and staff members and over 20 volunteers, with the help of Ronald McDonald House Charities, McCracken County High School, and several businesses, worked together to make the camp a success.