SUPPORTING MUSIC EDUCATION in our communities

We believe that every child should have access to a quality education in music. 
That is why we offer students and children free admission to every classical series concert.

 

marilyn minford mccoid young artist competition

APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 1, 2017

The annual competition encourages and rewards talented high school musicians from Southeast Iowa. The 1st place winner earns a scholarship award and the opportunity to perform with the SEISO during the 2018 Winter Concert Series and/or the annual School Tour (both at the discretion of the music director). Runners up are awarded scholarships. The competition is a valuable opportunity for students to prepare for auditions and looks great on college applications. Click on the button below to download the competition rules and entry form. 


MUSIC EDUCATORS

Are you a local music educator and want to connect your students with the Southeast Iowa Symphony? We believe that partnering is a crucial step in creating a healthy music education culture in our communities.

  • School Tour Participation
  • Private Lesson Resources
  • Concert Information and Posters
  • KidSymphony
  • Musician & Guest Artist Masterclasses
  • Young Artist Competition Submission
  • Ruth Keraus String Festival Participation
  • Student Auditions as a SEISO Musician

Any other ways we can help? Don't hesitate and contact us today! 

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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE & SCHOOL TOUR CONCERT SERIES

The Artist-in-Residence program has been one of SEISO's most popular and effective educational activities. Each season, a guest artist is invited to participate in a two week residency program. This includes rehearsals with the orchestra, masterclasses with local schools, and presentations for local community service groups. At the conclusion of the two week residency, the guest artist will perform with the symphony. Last year's guest artist, Robert Tindle, was commissioned to compose a new symphony for the SEISO. "The Bells" was premiered on 

In conjunction with the guest artist, each year the orchestra performs two concerts especially for school children. For most children, this will be their first experience with a live symphony orchestra. Last year, SEISO played concerts for 3rd grade students in Ottumwa and the entire district at Cardinal Community School District. Overall, more than 1,100 students were in attendance. 


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ruth keraus string festival

DATE - TBA

All string students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to participate in the one-day festival.  Students are divided into 4 orchestras (5th grade, 6th grade, junior high and high school) and spend the day rehearsing with a professional orchestra conductor.  The festival ends with a concert in the chapel at 3:30 PM.  It is open to the public and free of charge for everyone. 

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PRELUDE

30 MINUTES PRIOR TO ALL CLASSICAL SERIES CONCERTS

Want to enrich your concert experience? Join the Maestro for our "Prelude" pre-concert lecture series. You'll have a chance to meet with guest artists, listen to excerpts, and learn much more about the pieces, their composers, and the inspiration behind them. This series is free to anyone and begins 30 minutes prior to all regular classical series concerts.