Music in the Schools

Each year, up to 3,500 students experience our Music in the Schools (MIS) program, where four ensembles visit participating schools throughout the year, each visit showcasing a different instrument group found in the orchestra: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Age appropriate student workbooks designed for 1st through 5th graders are included with the program for teachers to supplement learning in the classroom.

Since its launch in 1992, more than 75,000 school children in Contra Costa County have had the experience of learning about music and music making through these fun and interactive performances.

Different schools throughout Contra Costa County are chosen each year to participate in this program. If you'd like to bring MIS to your school, contact Sunshine Deffner, Operations and Education Director, at 925.280.2490 or ​


The Music in the Schools program would not be possible without the generous support from individual donors and the following sponsors:

  • California Symphony Alliance
  • Lesher Foundation
  • Thomas J. Long Foundation
  • The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Target
  • Safeway