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As a not-for-profit charitable organization, the mission of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is to serve the people of the Hamilton region through enriching orchestral experiences.

Through the Adopt-a-School program classes receive workshops with Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte, guest speaker and masterclass visits by HPO musicians, a performance by the HPO String Quartet, a Rehearsal Experience at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) and complimentary tickets to attend HPO mainstage concerts at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place).

This program is on hold for the 20-21 Season.


An Instrument for Every Child

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to be a part of ‘An Instrument for Every Child’ in partnership with the Hamilton Music Collective. AIFEC removes barriers for students who live in poverty by encouraging children to participate, awarding grants to cover all program expenses and by providing each participant with his/her own instrument free of charge for the duration of the program. AIFEC’s goals are empowerment and accessibility and to enable all children to experience the joy and benefits of playing music, regardless of their socio-economic position.

The mandate of the Philharmonic is to enrich the lives of all Hamiltonians through music performance and education.  The HPO aspires to help enrich the lives of children, families, and the broader community through this ground-breaking music education program.






Golden Horseshoe Music Festival

For the past two years the HPO’s partnership with the Golden Horseshoe Music Festival (GHMF) has helped to provide a valuable education experience for young Hamiltonians. Since 2006, the GHMF has played an integral role in the development and enhancement of music education in Hamilton and surrounding regions. More than 100 school and community-based concert and jazz bands participate from all over Southern Ontario, in order share their musical achievements and creativity.

Part of the festival includes a performance of professional brass musicians from the HPO. For many young band and orchestra students, attending a full symphony concert can be a difficult proposition. Bringing the HPO to these student musicians in a festival setting will inspire young musicians to work hard on their instruments and allow them to see what can be achieved if they continue to be disciplined in their studies. This portion of the HPO’s education programming helps to link the student musician experience with the professional musician experience, and inspires young players to continue the dedication and hard work necessary to succeed.