School Programs

PSO BRAVO!’s three school programs, coordinated by the PSO’s dedicated education staff, engage students in ways designed specifically for each school age group. To learn more about how your school can become a part of PSO BRAVO!, please contact the PSO office by phone at (609) 497-0020 or by email at

Meet the Orchestra! (Elementary School)

Education becomes entertainment in the hands of the PSO musicians who stage Meet the Orchestra! teaching performances at more than 30 public, private, and special-needs elementary schools. Over the course of the school year, a series of four lively, interactive presentations introduces students to the instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Each spring, as a capstone to the program, students see and hear all of the instruments together on stage, in an exciting orchestra concert performed just for them.  This year, nearly 5000 students will flock to the concert halls with their teachers when the PSO presents Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.  These special programs, April 30 at Richard Auditorium and May 1 at the State Theatre New Brunswick, will include a performance by our friends from Really Inventive Stuff.

Last year’s PSO BRAVO! concert featured The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas and The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky. Click here to view the program book, and visit our Flickr page to check out all the exciting photos from that day!  Study materials prepared for teachers and their students are still available for viewing  here.

We love having parents stop by for our Meet the Orchestra! performances in schools.  To find out more information about these in-school performances, call the PSO office at (609) 497-0020 or email Carol Burden, Manager of Education Programs, at

Listen Up! (Middle School)

Middle school students can let their imagination run free with Listen Up!, a program that explores the connections between live music and other forms of expressive art.

In past years participating students have attended a Classical Series concert as a group and then individually captured their reactions to one piece of music by creating original artwork.  This year, at our November 3 concert, Eternal Light, the young artists were joined by students who had been selected by their English teachers as gifted creative writers.  View pictures of them here.  Their artistic and literary work in response Aaron Jay Kernis’s Colored Field was gathered into one collection, titled Listening to the Colored Field, and was exhibited for two weeks in January at the Arts Council of Princeton, followed by another installation at the Jewish Center of Princeton.

View the artwork, and photographs from the opening reception at the Arts Council of Princeton, and our January 19 concert, La Noche Española, here.

Galleries of past year’s artwork are found below:

2012-2013 Listen Up!

2011-2012 Listen Up!

2010-2011 Listen Up!

2009-2010 Listen Up!

Master It! (High School and College)

Advanced high school and college instrumentalists receive the music lesson of a lifetime through Master It!, an annual masterclass given by one of the world-class soloists from the PSO’s Classical Series season. Students selected for this prestigious program take part in a public performance, and receive technical and interpretive guidance from a musician at the top of the classical music world. Masterclasses are open to the public for observation.

2013-14 Participating Schools

Community Park
Johnson Park
Littlebrook Elementary
John Witherspoon Middle*
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart
Princeton Charter*
Princeton Child Development Institute
Princeton Friends
Princeton Junior
Princeton Montessori
Riverside Elementary
Saint Paul Catholic School of Princeton*
Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
The Hun School*

The Newgrange School

Bear Tavern Elementary
Cambridge School
Hopewell Elementary
Hopewell Valley Central High**
Stony Brook Elementary
Toll Gate Grammar

Montgomery Lower Middle*
Montgomery Upper Middle*
Orchard Hill Elementary
Village Elementary

The Cambridge School

South Brunswick
Brooks Crossing Elementary
Brunswick Acres Elementary
Cambridge Elementary
Constable Elementary
Greenbrook Elementary
Indian Fields Elementary
Monmouth Junction Elementary

Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County
Foundation Academy
Trenton Catholic Academy
Village Charter School

*Listen Up!

**Composer’s Workshop