Education & Community Engagement

Shein Family Young People’s Discovery Concerts 
For over 25 years, the South Bend Symphony has introduced thousands of area elementary school students to the world of symphonic music in an exciting and engaging concert designed especially for them!  These interactive concerts are guided from the stage and have a different educational theme each year. This year’s concert is an exploration of the connections between Music and Science!!!  Teacher materials, study guides, activities, reference links and recordings are provided in advance to help students and teachers prepare for the concert and designed to be used throughout the school year! 

Donald A. Dake Summer Music Academy
The SBSO Donald A. Dake Summer Music Academy was created in 2001 as an outstanding, local, and affordable option to more expensive summer camps. The Dake Academy is designed to challenge high school students entering grades 9-12 and students who have graduated from high school in 2016 with a focus on chamber music and small ensembles. Our exceptional faculty members are the principal musicians of the South Bend Symphony and the internationally renowned Maestro Tsung Yeh. 

The week-long academy is held at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN and includes: individual and group instruction, participation in chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, etc.) and the Academy Orchestra, masterclasses, seminars/classes, public performances, conducting seminar with Maestro Tsung Yeh, and a community tour.

Want to experience classical music and connect with accomplished professional musicians? The South Bend Symphony Orchestra takes the music out of the concert hall and into the regional communities. 

The SBSO has three small ensembles that are available to provide entertaining, engaging and educational programs, free of charge for non-profit organizations.  

From schools to retirement communities, from libraries to civic organizations, our musicians will perform one of their customized programs program just for you!


Education Links
Links to great online educational resources.

Education Mailing List
If you would like to receive more information regarding our educational programs, please contact Christina Gibson, SBSO Director of Education: or 574-232-6343.

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SBSO Inquiries & Subscriptions
(574) 232-6343

Morris Performing Arts Center
(574) 235-9190

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
(574) 631-2800