Orchestral Activities and Concert Programs


-Music in the schools program:

The Harlem Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to performing for and interacting with students, with the goal of encouraging further study of, and participation in, the field of classical music. These performances and interactions include question/answer sessions, demonstrations, short performances, and distribution of educational literature.


-Master Classes and Lessons:

With many of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra musicians also serving as private instructors throughout the community, lessons and master classes are offered in partnerships with area schools and in cities to which the orchestra travels.

-Harlem Symphony Orchestra Instrument Petting Zoo

Before designated concerts in Harlem and elsewhere, students and other interested audience members will be able to try out instruments of the orchestra, further getting to know how an orchestra works, and expanding their musical enjoyment and knowledge.


-Harlem Symphony Orchestra Concerts, Tour, and Residencies

Typical Harlem Symphony Orchestra concerts are comprised of symphonic works by composers of African descent, performed alongside works by composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. These concerts will almost always feature an instrumental soloist.


In Harlem, symphony concerts will take place in Aaron Davis Hall.  Tours should take the orchestra to HBCU’s, community centers, recreation centers, churches and similar venues nationwide.


Harlem Symphony Orchestra residencies are extended periods of time spent in any location, from 3-5 days, where more than one symphonic performance is given. In addition, the Harlem Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players maintain highly visible presence, giving performances, classes and/or lessons. In essence, offering a community the opportunity to get to know the Harlem Symphony Orchestra musicians and leadership.

HSO Orchestral Programs


Amadi Azikiwe, Music Director