The Salisbury Symphony sponsors a week-long day-camp experience for beginning through advanced string students. Generally the one week camp takes place in mid-June, Monday - Friday from 9am to 4pm, and culminates in a free concert performance that is open to the public. The camp is currently held at the First United Methodist Church in Salisbury.
The Salisbury Symphony provides after-school elementary class instruction in violin, viola and cello for students at least 8 years old. There are currently three locations: Faith Elementary, Isenberg Elementary and Millbridge Elementary Schools. Cost is $80 per semester for 28 forty-five minute classes. Single-site concerts are performed at the end of the first semester, and a gala concert including students from all sites plus the Youth Orchestra is presented at the end of the second semester.
SALISBURY SYMPHONY AFTER-SCHOOL STRING (SSASS) PROGRAM
The Salisbury Youth Orchestra was established in the 1999-2000 season with a grant from the Blanche & Julian Robertson Family Foundation. Originating as a string ensemble for our youngest students, it now includes students between the ages of 10 and 18. The SSYO meets at Southeast Middle School on Thursday evenings with David Miller as its director.
The Salisbury Symphony seeks funding every year to provide a small ensemble (such as violin, viola, and cello) to perform short concerts for third and fourth graders in every elementary school in Rowan County. These concerts take place over a single two-week period, and are usually scheduled for early in the Fall semester. They are offered free of charge to the schools and their students.
"MINI CONCERTS" IN ROWAN COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
For many years, in support of its original mission, the Salisbury Symphony has sponsored an annual appearance of the North Carolina Symphony at Keppel Auditorium. The Symphony gives two performances in a single day, in order to serve virtually all of the fifth grade school children in Rowan County and a few from schools beyond our County's borders (approx. 3000 students served). Participating elementary school music teachers attend a workshop in Raleigh in August and prepare the children in their music classes. The children are bused to the concerts by their school districts as a part of school activities for that day. These concerts are supported with contributions from schools that are outside of Rowan County, with additional funding from the Margaret C. Woodson Foundation.
NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY CONCERTS FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS
A concert specially designed for families with children is performed annually by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra as a part of the Symphony Society's regular season concert series. The "Family Concert" is performed on a Saturday or Sunday and alternates between the auditoriums of Catawba and Livingstone Colleges. The concert is promoted by the local elementary music teachers and often involves students from throughout the county. This concert also features the Rowan County Fifth Grade Honors Chorus and often includes special "side-by-side" performance opportunities and highlighted solo performances by talented local student musicians.
All music teachers in Rowan-Salisbury, North Hills Christian, Sacred Heart Catholic, Rockwell Christian and Salisbury Academy may attend any of our regular season concert performances (except the Nutcracker) at no cost with their ID. They may also bring up to 5 students at no cost.