Student Opportunities

Annual Young People’s Concert

Our annual outreach concert for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in Lee County gives thousands of young people the opportunity to hear live orchestra music for the first time. In partnership with the Lee County School District, this popular concert is offered at no cost to participating schools. With the generosity of private donors and grant funding this non-revenue generating event is a big hit for students and teachers every year.

Majors For Minors

This program offers in-school presentations to smaller groups of students. In the classroom environment one of our symphony staff and/or professional musicians will talk to students about classical music, composers, how music is made, and even give students a chance to see and try out some of the instruments played in the orchestra.

If you are interested in having this group perform at your school,
please contact 239-418-0996.


Study with an experienced professional from the Southwest Florida Symphony! Many of our musicians teach as well, and lessons may be available for all ages. Everyone, beginner or advanced, can learn and improve the fundamentals of rhythm, tone production, expression, intonation, embouchure, position, note reading and more. Can we connect you today?

Masterclasses with area teachers, SWFLSO musicians, and visiting artists are offered periodically and are a wonderful way to further your musical education, as a participant or an observer. The masterclass format is simply a lesson with an audience, which brings much enjoyment and musical growth to all involved.  Watch our website and our social media pages for Masterclass opportunity announcements!

Contact Robert Van Winkle for more information at

Discovery Club

All students through their senior year in High School are eligible to join the Discovery Club. Discovery Club Members pay a one-time fee of $25.00. After joining the Club, members only pay $5.00 for concert tickets and up to 4 tickets can be purchased for every concert they choose to attend! Members meet for a personalized welcome and presentation about the music being played before each Masterworks Concert.

You will receive your welcome packet in the mail after you register and pay the one-time $25 fee through PayPal.

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