Overview — Education & Community

Music for all ages and stages of life.

The Cleveland Orchestra has a long and proud history of sharing the value and joy of music with people throughout Northeast Ohio.  Education and community programs date to the Orchestra's founding in 1918 and have remained a central focus of the ensemble's activities in serving its hometown.  The Cleveland Orchestra has introduced more than 4 million young people to symphonic music — through live concert experiences and performances over the past nine decades.  Today, with the support of many generous individual, foundation, corporate, and governmental funding partners, the Orchestra’s educational and community programs reach more than 60,000 young people and adults annually, helping to foster a love of music and a lifetime of involvement with the musical arts. For additional information about these and other programs, read through the pages of this website or contact the Education & Community Programs Office by calling 216-231-7355.

Each season, the Orchestra offers life-changing programs in music, including the PNC Grow Up Great: A Great Early Start in the Arts partnership, where Cleveland school teachers are learning to use music to support the preschool curriculum — numbers, letters, reading, and more, actively engaging young children in the joy and benefits of music.

Individual Orchestra members work with teachers in K-5 academic classrooms through the Learning Through Music program. Musicians coach serious pre-professional music students through its youth orchestra, chamber ensembles, and region-wide clinics. A discounted Student Advantage ticket program makes Orchestra concerts more affordable. In these ways and more, the Orchestra is expanding and deepening its offerings for all ages and stages of life.

Supporting Education and Community

The Cleveland Orchestra is grateful to the many organizations and individuals whose contributions help make our programs possible.  Funding is provided through annual and special grants, and through long-term gifts to the Orchestra's Endowment, including gifts from:


The Abington Foundation
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
The Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation
Mary E. and F. Joseph Callahan Foundation
Conway Family Foundation
Cuyahoga County Residents through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Dominion Foundation
FirstMerit Foundation
Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra (formerly Women's Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra)
The Harry K. Fox and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation
The Giant Eagle Foundation
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Muna & Basem Hishmeh Foundation
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
The Laub Foundation
The Nord Family Foundation
Nordson Corporation Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Ohio Savings Bank, A Division of New York Community Bank
PNC Bank
The Reinberger Foundation
Albert G. & Olive H. Schlink Foundation
The Sherwin-Williams Foundation
Thomas H. White Foundation, a KeyBank Trust
The Edward & Ruth Wilkof Foundation


Hope and Stanley I. Adelstein
Kathleen L. Barber
Mr. Roger G. Berk
In memory of Anna B. Body
 Isabelle and Ronald Brown
Dr. Jeanette Grasselli Brown and Dr. Glenn R. Brown
Roberta R. Calderwood
Alice H. Cull Memorial Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Emrick, Jr.
Charles and Marguerite C. Galanie
Mr. David J. Golden
The George Gund Foundation
The Hershey Foundation
Dorothy Humel Hovorka
Mr. James J. Hummer
Frank and Margaret Hyncik
Junior Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra
Walter and Jean Kalberer Foundation
Alfred M. Lerner In-School Performance Fund
Linda and Saul Ludwig
Machaskee Fund for Community Programming
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley A. Meisel
Christine Gitlin Miles, in honor of Jahja Ling
Mr. and Mrs. David T. Morganthaler
Morley Fund for Pre-School Education
The Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund
Pysht Fund
The Max Ratner Education Fund, given by the Ratner, Miller, and Shafran Families and Forest City Enterprises, Inc.
The William N. Skirball Endowment
In memory of Georg Solti
Jules and Ruth Vinney Youth Orchestra Touring Fund


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