Adult Programs

Be the Orchestra (Beginner)

Beginning Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass Course 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 and instrument rental options are available for those interested in violin, viola, and cello. Beginning courses are offered once a year in the fall with classes beginning in late August /early September. Be The Orchestra is taught by Dr. Rob Bradshaw. For more information contact Katie Barrick, education coordinator, at katie@okcphil.org or call 405-232-7575.

Be the Orchestra (Intermediate)

Intermediate Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass Course for Adults

This class is designed for those who have completed the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s beginning violin, viola, cello, or bass course in the fall or for 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 includes all materials necessary for class and instrument rental options are available for those interested in violin, viola, and cello. Intermediate courses are offered once a year in the spring with classes beginning in January. Be The Orchestra is taught by Dr. Rob Bradshaw.

Be the Orchestra graduates or those with prior instrumental experience may be invited to participate in one of the following ensembles, collectively called Society of Strings. For more information contact Katie Barrick, education coordinator, at katie@okcphil.org or call 405-232-7575.

Society of Strings (S.O.S.)

Society of Strings is an adult string orchestra program comprised of three string ensembles: Bravo – beginner ensemble, Encore – intermediate ensemble, Sinfonia – advanced ensemble. All ensembles meet once a week on Monday evenings throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. The ensembles are lead by professional string music educators, John Schimek, Jean Statham, and Steve Waddell. All members of the OKC metro community ages 18 and up are welcome! Please see below for our ensemble handbook, repertoire examples, and performance tracks from each ensemble. For more information contact Katie Barrick, education coordinator, at katie@okcphil.org or call 405-232-7575.

Play with the Pros

Play With the Pros invites amateur musicians in the Oklahoma City metro community to join the Philharmonic for an afternoon of active learning, camaraderie, and making music, side by side with our orchestra musicians. This event offers the unique opportunity to experience a day in the life of an OKCPHIL player and hopes to inspire community musicians to embrace their own artistic spirit. Contact chris@okcphil.org for more information.

Play with the Pros 2019 – Sunday, May 5th, 2019. Registration materials and additional information, TBA.

Concert Previews

Deepen your understanding and appreciation for music through our Concert Previews prior to each Classics Series concert. Join us from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre at Civic Center Music Hall for this pre-event discussion with Oklahoma City Philharmonic staff, musicians, and special guests. Admission is free to ticket holders. For more information contact Katie Barrick, education coordinator, at katie@okcphil.org or call 405-232-7575.

Master Classes with Guest Artists

Talented music majors at the university level are paired with guest artists of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic in a lesson before an audience. Master classes are presented at various university locations which are announced throughout the year. 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. For more information contact Katie Barrick, education coordinator, at katie@okcphil.org or call 405-232-7575.