Middle & High School Programming

Middle & High School

Providing opportunities for young musicians.

The BPO is proud to present educational programming accessible to all students through live concerts, in-school programs, and digital resources. Each year we work to ensure that our programs introduce students to the best orchestral repertoire, focus on music learning concepts being taught in the school classroom, encourage active participation through interactive program elements, and provide an engaging and memorable experience.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Kleinhans Music Hall. The safety of our musicians, staff, volunteers and community is our #1 priority, and we will continue to follow all local, state and federal COVID-19 guidelines. 

In order to further protect the health, safety and enjoyment of all, we will be implementing a COVID-19 vaccination requirement and a masking policy for all staff, volunteers, performers and audiences at Kleinhans Music Hall.

At this time, all children under the age of 12 will be required to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the concert start time. Children 12 and up may provide either proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of full vaccination.

These protocols will go into effect beginning September 11 through October 30, 2021 and may be extended if community transmission levels of COVID-19 remain high. 

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Music for Youth Education Hub

The BPO presents free youth concert content for educational users. Explore video resources with accompanying lessons under thematic units like Musical Stories, World Dances, American Voices, Art & Music and Celebrating WNY.

#PlayOnWNY – Choose an Instrument and Practice with the BPO

BPO musicians present instrument demos for our local students who are choosing an instrument, as well as practice videos and tutorials.

#SingOnWNY – Learn to Sing and Practice with the BPC

Members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus present vocal fundamentals, as well as practice videos and tutorials for our local students who are learning to sing.

Symphony Hall Pass High School Membership

$29 seasonal membership

Musicianship. Leadership. Community. Our Symphony Hall Pass membership is open to all Western New York high-school students.

BPO Teaching Artists

Invite a BPO musician to your virtual learning experience and educate through the arts! Synchronous presentations feature an emphasis on standards of artistic excellence, provided by world-class professional musicians.

Masterclasses

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra hosts incredible guest artists each year. Now we are making many of these masters available to the community in an intimate learning experience. Select artists work one-on-one with local students in front of a live audience.

Young Musician Scholarships

The Friends of the BPO Volunteers and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society partner each year to award the Young Musician Scholarships and the Silverman String Scholarships. We are also pleased to offer the Yadzinski Scholarship for the Arts in partnership with The Yadzinski Foundation in memory of Edward I. Yadzinski .

Side by Side Concerts

In separate concerts, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra and Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts join the BPO for a mentoring experience that culminates in a joint performance on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall.

West Side Connection

The West Side Connection is a project involving the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and 12 Buffalo Public Schools on the West Side. It celebrates through music the diversity found in the West Side.

Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight showcases school and community groups from across Western New York. Performances take place in the Mary Seaton Room prior to select BPO concerts.

Accessibility for Exceptional People

The BPO provides access to its quality programming in ways that allow the whole community to enjoy.

Music Education Resources

BPO education resources as well as links to local music making opportunities and national resource pages.