Programs that generate passion for orchestral music are at the core of the GSO’s service to Greenville and the surrounding areas. In 2015, the GSO oversaw 123 different events that served nearly 25,000 people in the Upstate.

We must look to the future as we progress our art, and the best way to ensure its sustainability is to develop future audiences. Though we do much to engage with students through various educational enrichment programs in partnership with schools and associated youth organizations, we don’t start there; we start first with engaging families with younger children.

Live music is meant to be a shared experience, and our Lollipops, Once Upon an Orchestra and Sunday Funday programs are designed to make listening to live classical music an accessible, non-exclusive activity families can enjoy together, even with very young children. We also hope that by exposing families with younger children to the wonderful world of symphonic music, we evolve these newer audience members into seasoned concertgoers someday.

The GSO’s various educational and community engagement initiatives inspire and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds. Our philosophy is this: we are Greenville’s orchestra, and it belongs to everyone here. From young to old, if there’s anything keeping you from having an experience with the GSO, we seek to remove those barriers for participation — whatever they may be.