April 21st, 2015

Mansfield Symphony

Mansfield Symphony Education Programs 2014-15

Operation Bridge-Building:
A Vision for Community Engagement in the North Central Ohio

October 2013 completed the sixth year of Operation Bridge Building, the Mansfield Symphony’s major education initiative. This program is designed to both enhance the K-5 classroom courses for local school districts, as well as supplement and support music education in our schools by engaging students and teachers alike with high quality performing arts programming and arts-integrated curricula.

The Operation Bridge Building program strives to “bridge” music and academic learning to fully engage students and achieve greater learning in the classroom, and served over 7,300 students in the 2013-2014 school year through in-school chamber performances and educational symphony concerts at the Renaissance. Other program components include professional development opportunities for teachers, as well as study guides with activities to aid teachers in integrating music with academic subjects.

All components of the Bridge Building program are FREE! To participate, call 419-522-2726, ext. 251 to speak to the Renaissance Education Director.  

The themes for our 2014 Operation Bridge Building concerts Fairy Tales and Fanfares (Kindergarten-Grade 2) and Sultans and Serenades (Grades 3-5). Concerts use symphonic music to explore key elements of a story, including setting, recognizing familiar characters, and identifying key details in a text.


October 16, 9:45 am Grades 3-5

October 16, 12:00 pm Grades K-2

October 17, 9:45 am Grades K-2

October 17, 12:00 pm Grades 3-5

Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra is made up of North-Central Ohio's finest musicians, primarily in high school from Richland, Crawford, Hancock, Seneca, Wyandot, Wayne, Knox, Huron, Marion, Holmes, Sandusky, and Ashland counties. The MSYO is the only youth orchestra within a 65 mile radius of Mansfield. Nearly 100% of its members study privately. There are approximately 90 members each season.

The Orchestra rehearses Monday evenings (September through November, and January through April) 7:00-9:00 PM at Malabar Middle School in Mansfield. Two concerts are scheduled each year at the historic Renaissance Theatre. In addition, students from the Youth Orchestra perform in a side by side concert with the Mansfield Symphony.

There is an annual tuition fee of $50.00. Scholarships are available based on financial need. For more information on the Youth Orchestra program, please contact Conductor Randy Heidlebaugh at mrhmsyo@mansfieldtickets.com.

See the Youth Orchestra page of the Mansfield Symphony Section.

Mansfield Symphony Youth Strings

The Mansfield Symphony Youth Strings was formed in 1992 to provide an additional performance outlet for young string musicians in the Mansfield area and to serve as a feeder program for the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra. This orchestra experience not only complements the musical instruction young people receive in their school, but also provides a large ensemble experience to students who have no access to a school orchestra program. Youth Strings is currently comprised of 52 students, mainly in grades 6 through 10 from 20 schools in the Mansfield area, some coming from as far as 70 miles away.

Rehearsals for Youth Strings rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 6:15 - 8:00 PM at Malabar Middle School in Mansfield. Two concerts are scheduled each year, and auditions fro new members are held each spring. There is a $40 annual tuition fee. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

For more information on the Youth Strings program, please contact Conductor Matthew Domka at matthewdomka@gmail.com.

See the Youth Strings page of the Mansfield Symphony Section.