Each year the community and education programs of the Garland Symphony Orchestra reach over 10,000 community members from various walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. The Garland Symphony Orchestra is very proud of its numerous programs dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community.


Conversations With Music provides participatory concerts to upper elementary students in surrounding school districts with the goal of creating interest in school arts programs as students approach middle school. A small ensemble entertains students by performing many popular music selections and classical music standards. Students experience classical repertoire from each of the four major musical periods, as well as interact with musicians to guess each of our popular music selections. Students glean information on the symphony orchestra, musical eras, how sounds is made, and have the opportunity to reflect during our Q&A session.

2017 Conversation With Music Repertoire:

“Linus and Lucy”

Theme to Star Wars

“Say Something”

“Everything is Awesome” from LEGO Movie

“Mario” from SuperMario Bros.

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”

Satie’s “Gymnopedie”

Haydn’s “Cello Concerto”

Overture to “Barber of Seville”

Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor”

Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”

Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”

Shostakovich’s “Trio”


Conversations with Music Curriculum:

Concert Etiquette

Music History

Music Vocabulary

Reviewing Concerts



Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 972.252.4800 or by email: education@garlandsymphony.org

Conversations with Music for Retirement Communities:

The GSO provides free educational and interactive concerts to the local health-care community through our Conversations With Music program. The GSO musicians accompany a staff member to various assisted-living facilities, retirement communities, and hospitals with the goal of bringing classical music to those who may otherwise be unable to attend symphony concerts. Participants experience a live music performance featuring both classical and popular music selections. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to interact with musicians through educational program notes and dialogue about classical music, composers, repertoire, and life as a classical musician today.