The HHSO is strongly committed to music education for the youth of the community. It offers various programs including music training, music enjoyment, and has fostered partnerships with various organizations and schools.
Partnership with Local Elementary Schools – Music Bridges
The HHSO began a new project this past season entitled Music Bridges. The goal of this project is to bring musicians to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in the Beaufort School System, reaching 10000 students, and give them an opportunity to meet professional musicians, learn about musical instruments, and hear an orchestra perform
Partnership with the Hilton Head Boys and Girls Club
This partnership offers violin instruction in an after school program at the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head for youngsters in grades K through 5. At this time that program is in dire need of new violins since the program continues to grow through the grades. Many of the smaller size violins are in need of repair and there is a constant need for new and repaired bows. The symphony hires teachers and assistants for this program.
HHSO Youth Concerto Competition:
Since 2007, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra has sponsored a Youth Concerto Competition for the Southeastern Region of the United States. Its purpose is to provide talented young musician the opportunity to perform standard orchestral repertoire from memory before an audience. The winners have an opportunity for recitals and opportunity as a soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. This year the 10 competitors will compete for cash prizes and engagements at St. Luke’s Church on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door or you may call the the office at 843-842-2055.
Educational Programs in Schools
John Morris Russell’s passion for music education has made him one of North America’s leaders in orchestral educational programming. Since beginning his tenure with the HH Symphony Orchestra, he has visited numerous local classrooms introducing students to musical sounds and instruments in the hopes of encouraging the appreciation of classical music.
As part of that effort, students are invited each year to attend The Hilton Head International Piano Competition with 12-15 of the competitors traveling across the county to area schools to perform during the week of the competition. The HHSO also sends its guest artists to area schools to perform. These performers seem to benefit as much from this opportunity as do the thousands of students who see these competitors and guest artists. New this year, HHSO musicians will visit schools during each concert week to provide solo ensemble and full orchestra performances. Students will be exposed to a graduated program that teaches them about instruments, musical themes, tones, composers and instrument families.