education outreach

Keeping art
alive in schools

Reaching over 40 schools and 12,000 kids per year. The Symphony’s efforts towards music education helps keep the arts alive in the school systems, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra offers several key outreach programs.

"Our education and community-wide outreach programs allow us the opportunity to take live music to the people and share it in a very special way within our community. Through these programs, the SCSO remains committed to the vital role we play in civic and community life. There is no question that the value of our community partnerships is priceless."


The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra joins with Carnegie Hall to present this innovative programming in music education. Students in grades 3 to 5 are given the opportunity to join the orchestra in this highly participatory program, in which they learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and perform with the SCSO from their seats in a culminating concert at the Orpheum Theatre. A form will be created for you to fill out so that we may gather all important information guaranteeing the success of this educational program for you and your students. Email Pat Toben, Education Coordinator for more information or to join the school concert email list for future concerts!

Each year, the SCSO's ensembles perform between 40 to 50 concerts within schools throughout Siouxland. Musicians of the Symphony are actively involved in the programming and design of these in-school performances. Audiences for in-school performances vary from a classroom of 20 students to school-wide assemblies

SCSO musicians visit surrounding schools to coach, teach, and mentor students who are enrolled in music lessons or ensembles.

A partnership between the SCSO, UnityPoint-St. Luke's, and Mercy - Sioux City that takes SCSO musicians into the hospital where they share music with patients, family members, and staff.

Each season, Music Director Ryan Haskins presents a series of informal, engaging programs on the campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College for the Lifelong Learning community. Click on the Lifelong Learning logo for more information.

The Arts Administration Internship is a newly formed partnership between local universities and the Sioux City Symphony. The intern is exposed to all aspects of the SCSO's administration including managing personnel, stage managing and operations, music library, fundraising, ticket sales, box office management, and marketing.

For more information, download our Internship Program info here.

Before each classical concert, Music Director Ryan Haskins speaks informally in front of the stage, providing insight and background information on the music that will be performed that night. This "behind-the-scenes" approach answers all questions a listener might have during a concert.


All of our educational content on SCSO.LIVE will be accessible without a subscription! That means you and your students can access virtual lessons anytime without having to log in or subscribe.

Bringing music to students around Siouxland, the country and the world is part of our misssion. And we're thrilled to be able to add these virtual classes to your teaching toolkit for free!




SCSO LIVE is the live streaming app for the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in Sioux City, Iowa. Watch live performances of our upcoming season, view EXCLUSIVE streaming only content and bonus videos, and learn more about music from our musicians and educators!

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