Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Music Education at Home

While we would normally be serving the state with our robust SymphonyKids program, this year your Vermont Symphony Orchestra is helping kids, parents, and teachers, as they adjust to the hybrid and at-home learning programs for the 2020-2021 school year. Make sure to come back as we update our educational offerings throughout the year. 

For more information on any of the programs below, please contact Patricia Jancova at or 802-864-5741.


Starting October 27, 2020
Turn on your laptop and join the Vermont Symphony Orchestra education team with a new, weekly online program aimed at kids who love music! Our host Toby Aronson travels to a bunch of fun, kid-friendly locations like the Boys and Girls Club in Burlington, the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes and the Vermont Teddy Bear Company in Shelburne to stream Musical Chairs and introduce orchestra instrument families to K-6 graders. Toby is joined by both professional VSO musicians and young, aspiring Vermont musicians as they show off their stuff playing everything from violin, cello, flute and trombone to the oboe, timpani and glockenspiel. Learn how to make musical instruments with everyday household goods, and discover other string, horn, reed and percussion instruments from countries around the world. We’ll cap off each class with a first-class rendition of the Vermont State song, These Green Mountains, played by each of our instrument families. Musical Chairs is a free, 45-minute program available on VSO’s YouTube channel (VermontSymphony) with a new show each Tuesday, starting October 27.
Musical Chairs is created by Patricia Jancova, VSO Education Coordinator

Green Zoom Program

A virtual substitute for the VSO’s popular Green Room Program, this lively and interactive presentation led by VSO violinist Jane Kittredge is designed for students in grades 6 through 12. Each session, Jane will lead a small group of students on an exploration of select orchestral repertoire, sharing valuable insights into the music and snippets of recordings, and performing excerpts live. Students will then have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the life and career of a professional musician, playing in an orchestra, choosing an instrument, and more.

Green Zoom sessions will be recorded live and later made available online by the VSO as educational materials for the general public. Please note that by participating in the Green Zoom Program, you and your child agree to sharing video and audio via Zoom with our host for the duration of the session as well as to its recording and distribution.



The Lois H. McClure Muscians-in-the-Schools program is our core music education program, and we are pleased to continue to offer it virtually during school closures. Each session includes demonstration of instruments, a wide sampling of repertoire, and audience participation. Visit the links below to learn more and sign up for an upcoming session.


Remote Lessons

Staying home does not mean that you or your child cannot take private lessons! VSO musicians are offering remote lessons in everything from music theory to electric guitar to English horn—view the full list of lesson offerings at the button below.