Education Series Concerts
Each Season the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) welcomes more than 10,000 students from across Calgary and Alberta into the concert hall as part of its Education Series Concerts. Resident Conductor Karl Hirzer leads these lighthearted one hour programmes, designed to educate and inspire elementary age students. We welcome all educators from public, separate, private, charter, or home schools.
Founded by Judith Kilbourne, the CPO provides a fully funded after-school programme that fuels the exploration of music amongst young children, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in music lessons. Students learn valuable life skills such as creative self-expression, self-discipline and cooperative learning twice a week throughout the school year.
In The Classroom
Every year the CPO sends musicians into the classroom! Orchestra musicians are available for pre or post education concert visits, as well as other times throughout the school year, to share their love of music with the next generation. Musicians demonstrate what their instrument sounds like, share information about their instrument and the music they play, give a short performance, and answer student questions.
Instrument Discovery Zoos
Throughout the Season, CPO musicians visit locations around Calgary and offer Instrument Discovery Zoos. These hands-on events allow children of all ages to meet a member of the Orchestra to play a real musical instrument and even compose their own tune.
In The Library
The CPO partners with the Calgary Public Library each Season for small ensemble perfomances at public libraries across the city. Audiences learn about the composers, the instruments and the musicians during a question and answer period following each performance. These events provide a rich cultural experience where musicians share their talent and passion with the community.
Student and senior groups can experience a full working rehearsal for concerts throughout the Season. Attendees observe the time and dedication it takes to prepare for a performance.
Through the generosity of our supporters, we bring a number of outreach initiatives to the community, offering free admission to performances.