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In 2016-17, the Philharmonic Society will sponsor the following nationally recognized music outreach programs. Members of The Committees of Philharmonic Society, the principal fundraising and volunteer force of the Society, implement these programs. All programs are presented at no charge to schools, students or parents.

Click here to view the 2016-17 Schedule.


Youth Concerts Descriptions



  • SECOND GRADE: Disneyland Resort Salutes the American Band

    Through short, narrated musical selections, the Disneyland Band introduces musical instruments and traces the heritage of American band music from the 19th century to the present. This program was created for second graders by Disneyland in cooperation with the Philharmonic Society and the Orange County Music and Art Administrators. Ten pairs of concerts are held at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and other venues throughout the county. Click here to view the Teacher Guide.


  • FIFTH GRADE: Concerts for Fifth Graders

    Four pairs of concerts explore orchestral music in its historical and cultural contexts. Programs, which take place in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, feature the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Alfred Wachs and dancers from Anaheim Ballet. Compact discs and worksheets are provided for student preparation. Click here to view the program.


  • SIXTH GRADE: Jubilant Song: An African-American Journey

    Concerts that feature master singer and conductor Carver Cossey, who will take students through the history of African-American music in the United States and highlight its influence on the popular music of today.


  • SIXTH GRADE: Salaamuna

    Concerts that feature a sextet of musicians performing on historic instruments of the Near and Middle East region, an under-served topic in Orange County. This group demonstrates that people of all cultures have moving and inspirational music to share. The concerts introduce the different instruments, scales and tuning used in the Middle Eastern countries.


  • SIXTH GRADE: World Pathways Ensemble

    Concerts that feature a quintet of musicians performing on unusual musical instruments from around the world. Musicians compose, arrange and perform unique compositions to show that people of all cultures have exciting and inspiring music to share. The concerts demonstrate that music is indeed the universal language..


  • HIGH SCHOOLS: Art and Music

    The Philharmonic Society and Orange County Center of Contemporary Art collaborate on this special experience for high school students. The music program is developed to complement and enhance the art exhibit and includes hands-on activity.


  • HIGH SCHOOLS: Tix for Teens

    Free tickets for regular Philharmonic Society series concerts are offered to all Orange County high schools to integrate students into the adult concert-going experience.


  • HIGH SCHOOLS: Philharmonic Invitational Orchestra Festival

    A one-day adjudicated event featuring up to fifteen county high school orchestras performing onstage at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Click here to learn more.


  • Musical Reinvestment

    A percentage of funds raised by The Committees are invested in music projects in individual local committee communities.


  • Scholarships

    The Society offers an annual award to a selected member of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra.



  • The Youth Music Education Programs of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County are partially funded by Anaheim Band Instruments (part of the Music & Arts Center family), the cities of Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo, The Committees of the Philharmonic Society, the Crean Foundation, Disneyland Resort, the William Gillespie Foundation, the Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights®, Macy’s, the Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians, the Orange County Register, Pacific Life Foundation, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo Foundation, and the Philharmonic House of Design.