Commitment to Education


Music education has been part of the Westerville Symphony's mission since its beginning and involves the collaboration of other community partners and local businesses.


The Westerville Symphony is by its very nature a truly unique symphonic emsemble, conceived to further the education of Otterbein music students by affording them the opportunity to perform in a full orchestra alonside professional and semi-professional players from the region.

This commitment to learning, however, extends far beyond the University and has remained one of the primary missions of the Symphony since its inception, promoting music education to audiences of all ages, backgrounds and interests.

Oftentimes, this work is done in collaboration with other local institutions, delivering highly interactive programs tailored to the needs of the Westerville community.

For the 26th consecutive year, we will again be partnering with the Westerville Public Library to present the popular Tunes & Tales program, where our chamber orchestra and a librarian narrator stage a work appropriate for pre-school and early elementary-age children. Each performance is followed by an “instrument petting zoo” where the children interact with our musicians to learn more about each instrument.

In 2011, Tunes & Tales was the recipient of a landmark grant from the PNC Arts Alive initiative, which the orchestra used to commission internationally acclaimed composer Lowell Liebermann to create an original work based on Margery Williams' children's classic The Velveteen Rabbit. It also marked the first year this program was expanded to several other central Ohio communities.

Each year, the Westerville Symphony also presents its Young People’s Concert for all the fourth and fifth grade students in the Westerville school district (approximately 2600 students). As part of this program, Otterbein music education students develop and teach lessons about the music, composers and concert etiquette to prepare the students for this experience, while Westerville high school orchestra students perform in the concerts alongside Symphony musicians.