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The Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra connects with students in a number of ways each season.

The Chippewa Valley Symphony Young Artist Competition

This unique experience offers young musicians the opportunity to expand their horizons and supports them in their pursuit of musical excellence.

Each spring, students ages 14 – 18 living in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota are invited to enter the competition by submitting an 8 to 16 minute performance recording of a movement of a concerto or an aria of similar difficulty. All finalists receive cash prizes and the winner is given the opportunity to perform with the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra during its youth concert.

Symphony in Our Schools

CVSO violinist Rob Kuchta plays for students at Northwoods Elementary School in Eau Claire

Each year, musicians from the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra visit local elementary schools to demonstrate on their instrument, educate students about orchestral music, and share their love of music. As a special welcome to young audience members, the Symphony offers free admission to our annual family concert for third graders and an accompanying adult.

Music Moves Me: Artwork Inspired by the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra

This annual exhibit engages elementary and middle school students in creating visual art inspired by classical music. Students listen to recordings of the pieces on the Symphony’s family concert program and create art based on that experience. The artwork is then displayed at the performance venue, so audience members can take in both the musical performance and the visual artwork.

The exhibit is organized the Chippewa Valley Symphony, hosted by Pablo Center at the Confluence, and facilitated by area art teachers.

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