Adult Programs

Be the Orchestra

Be the Orchestra Beginning Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass Courses for Adults
Just for adults, this class is designed to teach violin, viola, cello or bass basics to adult beginners. No experience is necessary. The eight-week course meets once a week on Monday evenings. Practicing outside of the course is suggested, but not mandatory. Tuition includes all materials necessary for class. Beginning courses are offered once a year in the fall with classes beginning in September. Be The Orchestra is taught by Mrs. Dorothy Hays.

Be the Orchestra Intermediate Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass Course for Adults
This class is designed for those who completed the Philharmonic's beginning violin, viola, cello or bass course in the Fall, or more advanced beginners. The eight-week course meets once a week on Monday evenings. Practicing outside of the course is suggested, but not mandatory. Tuition and instrument are required. Intermediate courses are offered once a year in the spring with classes beginning in January. Be The Orchestra is taught by Mrs. Dorothy Hays.

S.O.S.  (Society of Strings) and S.O.S. Encore
The Society of Strings and Society of Strings Encore are two adult orchestras mostly comprised of those who have competed both the beginning and intermediate courses of Be the Orchestra. Society of Strings is under the direction of Dr. John Schimek and Society of Strings Encore is under the direction of Ms. Jean StathamBoth ensembles meet once a week on Monday evenings throughout the year. Information Request

Classical Program Notes

Read Our Program Notes Online
The OKC Philharmonic relies on the scholarship and wit of James Keller, annotator for the New York Philharmonic, for notes on the classical music programs. These notes are published in our concert program and are also available online for advance reading.

Concert Previews

7:00 - 7:30PM
Before each CLASSICS SERIES Concert
Thelma Gaylord Concert Hall  | Civic Center Music Hall
Free to ticket holders

Classics 1 – 12 SEP 2015 at 7:00PM
Dr. Ted Honea, Professor of Music History at the University of Central Oklahoma, Academic Coordinator and co-founder of the Center for Histrocial Performance

Classics 2 – 17 OCT 2015 at 7:00PM
Gregory Lee, Concertmaster, OKC Philharmonic, and Associate Professor of Violin, University of Oklahoma

Classics 3 – 21 NOV 2015 at 7:00PM
Q&A with Joshua Roman, Cello, and Jonathan Ruck, Principal Cello, OKC Philharmonic, and Associate Professor of Cello, University of Oklahoma

Classics 4 – 9 JAN 2016 at 7:00PM
Q&A with Stephen Hough, Piano, and Peggy Payne, Principal Piano, OKC Philharmonic

Classics 5 – 6 FEB 2016 at 7:00PM
Robert Moody, Music Director, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Andrea Segar, Violin

Classics 6 – 5 MAR 2016 at 7:00PM
Jon Nakamatsu, Piano

Classics 7 – 2 APR 2016 at 7:00PM
Judith Willoughby, Professor of Conducting and Choral Music Education, Oklahoma City University, and Artistic Director, Canterbury Youth Choruses

Classics 8 – 14 MAY 2016 at 7:00PM
Joel Levine, Music Director, OKC Philharmonic


Master Classes with the Guest Artists

Talented University music majors are paired with guest artists of the Philharmonic in a lesson before an audience. The public is invited to these free events. Master classes are presented at various university locations and are announced as details are finalized. For the most current information, sign up for the monthly Philharmonic eNews.

 Master Classes are free of charge and open to the public.  Children under 10 years of age are not permitted.

Teacher Appreciation Night

The Thursday evening performance of  "The Christmas Show" serves as Teacher Appreciation Night, as we offer discounted tickets to teachers who participate in our education programs. Contact Katie Barrick, Education Coordinator with questions.

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