Makes A difference

education & community engagement

The CSO is proud to offer more free or low-cost educational opportunities than ever before, with a special emphasis on reaching Title I schools and underserved areas. We hope to inspire students to explore symphonic music by providing multiple ways to engage with the CSO. From our in-school programs to the Young People's Concerts, there’s something for everyone.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra inspires our community's youth by Educating through Music


The Bihun Family Foundation
Ethel-Jane W. Bunting Foundation
Linda Dryden
East Cooper Newcomers Club Exchange Club of Charleston
Michael Griffith and Donna Reyburn
Kiawah Seabrook Exchange Club
Town of Kiawah
Paul and Doerte McManus
The Mark Elliott Motley Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities
G. Richard and Susanne L. Query Foundation
Harriet Ripinsky and Linda Ripinsky
David Savard
Speedwell Foundation
Roger and Vivian Steel

Young People's Concerts

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra has two brand new Young People's Concerts in the 2016-2017 season, each geared toward a different audience. Give your students the chance to hear our largest Young People's Concert orchestra ever - 60 professional musicians - at the newly renovated Gaillard Performance Hall, under the direction of new Music Director, Ken Lam.

Ticket Info

Not sure how many students you’ll bring? No problem, you can change your reservation up until six weeks before your concert date.


General Admission (per student)


Title 1 Students (per student)


Chaperone (per 20 students)

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The Concerts

Music in Schools    sponsored by

From chamber ensemble concerts to composition classes, there are so many ways to bring music to your school.

Each year from September to April, small ensembles of CSO musicians travel to schools across the tri-county area to perform two FREE, 35 to 40-minute concerts for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Popular with both students and teachers, these performances:

  • Eliminate all barriers of access, affordability, and transportation.
  • Foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of instrumental music.
  • Teach students about the mechanics of individual instruments.
  • Introduce students to select pieces of classical music.
  • Teach students musical and instrument terminology.
  • Provide a more intimate setting for students to meet CSO musicians.
  • Support music educators by bringing professional musicians into their schools.

To request Music in Schools, please complete the following online form. For more information, contact Rachel Kelley at or (843) 723-7528, ext. 101.

Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra

Through our formal partnership with the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO), our CSO musicians mentor student musicians throughout the year during section and large group coaching sessions, culminating in side-by-side events during the Spring.

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Student Discounts

Students ages 6-22 may take advantage of the following discounts. Purchase tickets at the Charleston Symphony Orchestra box office or call (843) 723-7528 x110. College students must show their valid college ID card. Some concerts may be excluded or have special pricing as noted on the Concerts Page

• $80 Gold Student Membership
Attend all 8 Masterworks, 4 Pops, and 3 Chamber Music concerts during the 2016/2017 season. Show your CSO-issued membership card at the box office on the night of the concert to receive a ticket.

• $35 Silver Student Membership
Attend all 8 Masterworks concerts during the 2016/2017 season. Show your CSO-issued membership card at the box office on the night of the concert to receive a ticket.

• Half-Price Student Tickets when purchased in advance.

• $10 Student Rush Tickets (subject to availability, at the box office on night of concert only)