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Education Programs


Lunch & Listen is a pilot program launched in February 2018 in senior housing developments in the local community.  Residents enjoy lunch followed by a performance by a small group ensemble of Phil musicians.  It gives seniors the opportunity to connect with their neighbors, meet the visiting musicians and share a beautiful musical experience together.  The purpose is quite simple:  to bring joy and fellowship to members of our community...through the power and universality of music.  The program is a collaboration among the Phil, The Center for Active Living, Old Colony Elder Services, and the Plymouth, Kingston and Duxbury Housing Authority.

Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra - South Shore Music - Family Concerts - Music for all ages Family Concert  A light classical concert for all ages, this concert is one of the orchestra’s most visible education programs. The hour-long concert showcases short and lively symphonic works that are accessible to novice ears and pleasing to experienced orchestra concert-goers. Preceding each concert is the ever-popular hands-on instrument demonstrations by Phil musicians.

This concert features the Youth Concerto Competition Winner from the South Shore Conservatory and the Plymouth Children’s Chorus.

Plymouth Massachusetts Children's ChorusPlymouth Children’s Chorus In partnership with the music teachers of the Plymouth Public Schools, the Phil hosts the performance of this select chorus of 4th and 5th grade singers at the annual Family Concert.

Federal Furnace Treble Chorus In partnership with the Federal Furnace School in Plymouth and chorus director Kathy McMinn, this tuition-free chorus is now in its seventh season with the Phil. The chorus is an auditioned group of 4th and 5th grade students who sing with the Phil at the annual Holiday Pops concerts.


South Shore Boston Youth Concerto CompetitionTake 5 for Music This program engages students with 5 minutes of classical music, 5 days a week for 5 years.  It is a simple, yet highly effective listening program that introduces young students to music

Look, Listen, Learn! brings the excitement of live music into the classroom. Small ensembles from the Phil – including a string quartet, brass quintet, woodwind quintet and a percussion duo—offer fun mini-concerts to South Shore schools in informal, up-close settings. The program has been offered since 1977.

Youth Concerto Competition In partnership with the South Shore Conservatory (SSC), the Phil annually hosts the winner of the SSC’s Concerto Competition as a featured soloist in the Family Concert.

Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra - The Phil - Music Immersion Program, South Shore BostonMusic Immersion Program (MIP) A unique collaboration between Plymouth Public School administrators, teachers, their supporters and the Plymouth Philharmonic. This program engages 3rd and 4th graders who hear Phil ensembles in their school over the course of the year. The program culminates in the spring when over 2000 area school children attend a live, daytime performance of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra at Memorial Hall.


Plymouth Philharmonic - Boston area music, Hidh School Choral ConsortiumHigh School Choral Consortium (HSCC) A choral for high school students who rehearse, prepare and perform in a concert with the Phil.  Participating schools include Duxbury, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth, Scituate, and Silver Lake Regional High School.

High School Music Scholarship Awarded to a high school junior living within Plymouth County who intends to apply in the fall of their senior year to a four-year music program.  Students apply in the fall of their junior year. This $2500 award enhances a student's application to a four-year music college.  Our 2017 award recipient, Sydney Alfano of Pembroke High School, plans to use the scholarship to help defray costs of trumpet and piano lessons, and fees related to her participation in South Shore Conservatory's Summer Music Festival.  2018 application information

South Shore Coservatory Youth Orchestra The South Shore Conservatory Youth Orchestra (SSCYO) is a program of the South Shore Conservatory, in partnership with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra since its inception in 2007. This is its 11th season. SSCYO is an auditioned, sequential youth orchestra program designed to create an opportunity for dedicated and talented young musicians living in communities south of Boston to perform symphonic music at a high level in a well-organized and supportive orchestral program. Students participate in one of two orchestras, Repertory for intermediate level students, and the Symphony for the more advanced students. Artistic Advisor Steven Karidoyanes meets and rehearses with the students three times a year. The senior orchestra of SSCYO joins the Phil in concert every other season. Auditions for SSCYO are ongoing and additional information is available on the SSCYO website.

Plymouth, Boston - Meet the Maestro - The PhilMeet the Maestro – This is a free-of-charge event presented at the Plymouth Public Library in the fall. Steven Karidoyanes gives a lively and informative introduction to the season’s music and guest artists.

Steven Karidoyanes presents pre-concert talks prior to each classical concert, guest speaking engagements before area organizations, and appearances on local radio and television programs.

Your Symphonic Companion An engaging 2-hour presentation for adults by Steven Karidoyanes. Also titled Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Listening to Symphonic Music But Were Afraid to Ask, Conductor Karidoyanes introduces the basic elements of music, focusing on how to listen, what to listen for, and how to appreciate and enjoy musical creativity and expression.


Massachusetts, Boston, Plymouth - Student discounts for Plymouth Philharnonic Shows.Student Rush Full-time high school or college student can attend a Phil subscription concert for $5. Student Rush tickets go on sale one hour before each concert and are distributed, as available, on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must show a valid student ID. One ticket per student ID.

For more information about the Phil’s educational programs, or how you can help support these valuable programs, please call the orchestra at 508-746-8008. 

These education programs are made possible in part by the generosity of

Gary and Diane Glick          IBM Community Grants          Edgar and Pauline Main Family Foundation

Esther and Alcide Ruffini Charitable Trust          Salah Foundation (a private foundation by invitation only)

Spooner Trust          Town of Plymouth Visitors Services Bureau.



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