A virtuosic new education program
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra's first educational outreach initiative began in the 2015-2016 Season. As a part of SMCO Out Loud!, musicians of the ensemble lead unique and exciting hands-on musical activities throughout a variety of schools in the greater Seattle area, with a focus on schools in low-income areas. These themed activities take place in schools prior to each performance and correspond to the themes of the orchestral season concerts, culminating with special opportunities for participating students to be a part of each SMCO performance. With the launch of Out Loud!, SMCO affirmed its mission of engaging young listeners and strives to break down barriers that prevent racially diverse youth from experiencing great music.
SMCO Out Loud! sessions are provided free of charge for the participating school, and take place in the classroom or other on-site location. Students in participating Title I school classrooms are provided with SMCO Family Passes, allowing them and members of their family to attend the upcoming SMCO performance free of charge.