The HHSO is passionately dedicated to supporting music education for the youth of the Lowcountry.  We have fostered partnerships with several community organizations and schools to offer numerous programs!


Partnership with Local Elementary Schools – Music Bridges

Music Bridges, HHSO’s spirited music-in-the-schools educational program, under the leadership of Maestro John Morris Russell, now reaches thousands of Beaufort County’s elementary students. Following a series of classroom visits by our HHSO musicians throughout the season, Music Bridges culminates its year of music-making with students traveling to HHI’s First Presbyterian Church to participate in a Young Persons Concert under the direction of Maestro Russell.

By providing the opportunity for students to meet professional musicians, learn about different instruments, and hear the HHSO perform, Music Bridges inspires harmonious excitement in 3,000+ students in the Beaufort County School District through personal musical connections.

In conjunction with Bluffton’s Red Cedar Elementary School Principal, Kathy Corley, and Music Teacher, Nathan Kooi, Music Bridges provides an after-school instrumental music program available to students in 3rd-5th grade called, Foxes Jam! Participating students are given the opportunity  to learn the Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, or Trombone through weekly instruction. All instruments and resources for the incredibly successful program are provided by the HHSO.

An exciting expansion of the program will be coming to HHI soon!

Partnership with the Hilton Head Boys and Girls Club

This partnership offers violin instruction in an after school program in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head for students in grades K through 5. New and exciting changes to this years’ partnership will be announced soon!

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. The competition provides talented young musicians with the opportunity to perform standard orchestral repertoire from memory before an audience.  The winners perform recitals and become soloists with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.

Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute

Founded in 2018, the Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute provides an intensive training program focused on the art of chamber music performance for students who play the violin, viola or cello, and have completed grades 8 through 12. The highly individualized program encompasses coaching, masterclasses, one-on-one instruction, special workshops, and multiple performance experiences at SoundWaves.

HHIPC School Ambassador Program

Introduced at the 2003 competition, participating HHIPC competitors have the opportunity to perform selections from their competition repertoire, as well as other favorite works to students of Hilton Head Island schools. The students learn about the competitor’s musical study and life in their home countries.  Performers participating in the BravoPiano! Festival also visit area schools to entertain and educate students by sharing their piano artistry.