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 2017-2018 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 2016-2017 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.

Paducah Symphony Education Concerts were presented by the Carson Center’s Class Acts Series. These matinee concerts of Peter and the Wolf 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 Ballard Memorial High School. The PSO performed there for both middle and high school students. Band and choral students from the school had the opportunity to perform with the orchestra.

Musical Story Time, in partnership with the McCracken County Public Library, presented its program to 5,296 students in grades Pre-K through 5 during the 2016-2017 school year. This program utilizes storytellers, actors and professional musicians to promote music and literacy.

Paducah Symphony Youth & Children’s Choruses were made up of 66 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 collegiate pianist Phyllis Pan and high school pianist David Godar. They will perform October 14 with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.

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

Summer Music Camp was attended by 147 students. 23 faculty and staff members and over 15 volunteers, with the help of McCracken County High School and several businesses, worked together to make the camp a success.