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Registration Open for Session 3 of Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras’ Live Virtual Education Offerings


Springfield, MA – The Winter 2021 session of Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras’ live virtual courses for students in grades 6-12 begins February 6th. Designed to enhance skills, foster creativity, and encourage community, the program offers six-week courses led by an exceptional professional faculty in:

Music Composition 1 & 2

with Haneef Nelson


Reading the Signs: An Exploration of Score Study and Repertoire

with Cailin Marcel Manson


Music Theory 1, 2, and 3

with Kirsten Lipkens


Small Ensemble/Group Coaching & Private Lessons

with SSO Professional Musicians

Whether a student is just starting out with their instrument or wishes to take their musical education to the next level, all are welcome to experience these carefully developed, limited-size virtual classes.

“Until our youth orchestras can safely meet in person, these courses offer an exceptional opportunity for students to keep learning, playing music, and making valuable one-on-one connections with their peers and instructors,” said Education Director Kirsten Lipkens. Sarah Bacon, parent of an SSYO student who took part in the fall virtual classes agrees: “I’m so happy with this opportunity to keep my child engaged with the SSYO music community.  The teachers have a deep knowledge of music but also know how to engage the kids and keep things interesting and fun.”

Complete information, including course descriptions, syllabi, instructor bios, and registration link, is available at or contact Kirsten Lipkens at

About the Springfield Symphony Orchestra
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra has been part of the cultural landscape of Western Massachusetts since 1944. With the professional orchestra at its core, the SSO’s mission is to enrich our community through the transformative power of live music and innovative education. For more information, visit