Youth Music Education
CSO Educational Programs: Giving the Gift of Music
Through our educational outreach, CSO emphasizes the power of music education and its proven ability to improve education and the quality of life in our community.
(Youth Educational Symphonies)
Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra’s annual YES! Concerts bring 5th and 6th grade students from all Laramie County Schools, Jr. and Sr. High orchestral students and home-schooled children to the Cheyenne Civic Center for two performances. Educational materials are covered in the classrooms before the concerts, and the events highlight history, cultural literacy, music appreciation, and general instrument knowledge. Students also have the opportunity to critique the performance.
Instrument Petting Zoo
Participants learn about the instruments of the orchestra and have opportunities to touch and make sounds on the instruments (with personal instruction from some of our musician friends).
Thanks to David Niemann of Niemann & Sons for providing musical instruments.
(Guest Artists in the Schools)
This program brings guest artists into the classrooms to provide students with an opportunity to communicate and interact with professional musicians. Hearing a truly gifted individual perform motivates, inspires, and educates students, and helps them to develop criteria for evaluating a successful performance.
(Conductor of the Orchestra Leads)
Maestro Intriligator visits music, band, and orchestra classes at area K-12 schools as well as Laramie County Community College to convey the virtues of playing an instrument and the value of those skills later in life. This program focuses on the importance of choosing an instrument they love to play, having fun with music, and helping students develop better musicianship through performance feedback.
(Fine Arts Unlocking Student Excellence)
Recent research shows that skills developed in the music classroom can help students to achieve in other areas. These programs reach students outside the music classroom and help them to make connections across the disciplines.
8-12th graders are challenged to imagine and create works of art based on music to be performed by the CSO at the annual YES! Concerts. Student art is displayed each January at the Cheyenne Civic Center. CSO recruits volunteer adjudicators who select winners and present prizes on stage at the concert. These students and their family members receive vouchers to attend the concert at no cost.
CSO’s writing contest asks 3rd and 4th grade students at LCSD #1 and #2 elementary schools to write a creative response to a selection from one of the season’s concerts. The submissions are displayed at the Cheyenne Civic Center during the concert for the audience to enjoy. Winners are acknowledged on stage and winning responses are printed in the concert program. Students and their family members receive vouchers to attend the concert at no cost.
(Students Enjoy a Ticket)
To encourage the attendance of young people at concerts, approximately 800 free tickets are distributed throughout the season to Cheyenne high school and Laramie County Community College music students. In addition, students of any age who are not enrolled in music classes may purchase tickets to CSO’s Masterpiece concerts at a discounted price.