Music expresses the deepest parts of our common humanity. Music education nurtures those skills and qualities that are most vital for today’s children, as we help them prepare to inherit an uncertain future. The education programs of the Hendersonville Symphony reach around 2800 students each year, also affecting families and the wider community in unquantifiable ways. Over 17% of the HSO’s annual budget is dedicated to education, many times the average percentage for comparable orchestras around the country. We are deeply committed to enrolling students in our programs regardless of financial need, offering great art to the community without regard to economic or social background.

Education Concerts Young Artist Competition Scholarships
Youth Orchestra Children's Choir

orchestra 03-2013 The Hendersonville Symphony performs Educational Concerts each year for all third and sixth grade students in Henderson County, including homeschool students., often serving as a child’s first exposure to live symphonic music. Music students are invited to attend open rehearsals for all HSO concerts, and world-renowned HSO guest artists frequently visit area schools.

HSYORehearsalThe Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestra provides advanced string and symphonic orchestra performance opportunities for area school-aged musicians, up to age 21. The HSYO performs concerts each year at Blue Ridge Community College, in addition to run-out performances in the community. An annual concerto competition, chamber music, and other opportunities are available to members.

choirpub3The Hendersonville Symphony Children’s Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble providing quality vocal instruction for children ages 6-17 in public, private and home school environments from across Western North Carolina.  The HSCC offers three levels of choral experiences under the direction of Kelli Mullinix, accompanied by Michael Brannon.

SJH_3314The Young Artist Competition affords highly accomplished young musicians in the Western North Carolina area the opportunity to pursue excellence through competition. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three contestants. The overall winner performs as a featured soloist with the HSO at a spring concert.


Scholarships award financial assistance to qualified students to encourage private lessons and attendance at summer workshops, and to assist with instrument rentals.