SCSO Outreach

Reaching over 40 schools and 12,000 kids per year

To help keep the arts alive in the school systems, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra offers several key outreach programs.


"Our outreach programs give us the opportunity to take music to the people and share it in a very special way within our community. Through these programs, the SCSO remains committed to the vital role we play in civic and community life. 

There is no question that the value of our community partnerships is priceless."


In-School Performances

In-School Symphony Performance Each year, the SCSO's ensembles perform between 50 to 60 concerts in schools throughout Siouxland. Throughout the season, the musicians of these ensembles are actively involved in the programming and design of these in-school performances. Audiences for these performances vary from a classroom of 20 to an entire school.

Music in Hospitals

A partnership between the SCSO, UnityPoint-St. Luke's, and Mercy - Sioux City that takes SCSO musicians into the hospital where they share music with patients, family members, and staff.

Carnegie Hall's Link Up

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra joins with Carnegie Hall to present this innovative programming in music education. Students in grades 3 to 5 are given the opportunity to join the orchestra in this highly participatory program, in which they learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and perform with the SCSO from their seats in a culminating concert at the Orpheum Theatre.

The dates available for the 2019-2020 “Link Up: The Orchestra Moves" concerts for grades 3, 4, 5 will be:

Monday, March 9th at 10:00am

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 10:00am and 1:00pm

Check out highlights from 2017-18:

A form will be created for you to fill out so that we may gather all important information guaranteeing the success of this educational program for you and your students.

Email Pat Toben, Education Coordinator for more information or to join the school concert email list for future concerts!

Pre-Concert Talks

Ryan giving pre concert Talk Before each classical concert, Music Director Ryan Haskins speaks informally in front of the stage, providing insight and background information on the music that will be performed that night. This "behind-the-scenes" approach answers all questions a listener might have during a concert.

WITCC Lifelong Learning

Each season, Music Director Ryan Haskins presents a series of informal, engaging programs on the campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College for the Lifelong Learning community. Click on the Lifelong Learning logo for more information, including current SCSO presentations. Lifelong Learning Logo

Principal Musicians in the Schools

Principal musicians from the SCSO are placed in schools to coach and mentor students who are enrolled in music lessons or ensembles.


Symphony Ambassadors Logo A program that is made up of representatives from local colleges/universities. The Ambassadors act as a liaison between the Symphony and their respected campuses. They take responsibility for the concert and ticket promotion on campus and also act as a sounding board for the Symphony's marketing team when discussing student involvement with the Symphony. 2017-2018 Ambassadors Briar Cliff University Dordt College Morningside College Northwestern College University of South Dakota Wayne State College We are always looking to add more schools and representatives to the Ambassadors program. Please contact the Symphony office for more information.

Arts Administration Internship

The Arts Administration Internship is a newly formed partnership between local univerisites and the Sioux City Symphony. The intern is exposed to all aspects of the SCSO's administration including: managing personnel, stage managing and operations, music library, fundraising, ticket sales, box office management, and marketing. For more information, download our Internship Program info here


Masterclass with Jonathan Biss, piano Friday, October 26, 2018 2:00 - 4:00 pm Christ Chapel & DeWitt Music Hall, Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa On Friday, October 26th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra will present a piano masterclass with world-renowned pianist, Jonathan Biss. Four participants will be selected from all applicants. Each participant will receive 30 minutes of coaching on artistry and performance technique. Each coaching will be 30 minutes in duration. The masterclass is free and open to the general public and will be held at Christ Chapel and DeWitt Music Hall on the campus of Northwestern College, Orange City, IA. Click for Northwestern College Campus Map (Christ Chapel is #9 on the map, DeWitt Music Hall is #10) Mr. Biss looks forward to working with a variety of students that represent our region. The masterclass will be geared towards advanced High School students and College/University students pursuing piano performance or music degrees. Application Recommendation Form may be downloaded here Applications can be emailed back to or mailed to SCSO, 518 Pierce Street, Sioux City, IA 51101 If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the symphony office at 712-277-2111 or email This masterclass is generously sponsored by:

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