Register

A password will be e-mailed to you.

Call the Box Office for tickets and information at 905-526-7756

Schools & Teachers

 

The HPO believes in the value of music and music education.

Bring the full experience of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra to your students with programs designed to integrate musical concepts and activities into your existing classroom curriculum. Enhance your students’ learning through the understanding and appreciation of orchestral music.

Daytime School Concert

A Canadian Brass Salute

  • November 8, 2019 at 11:30am
  • 60 minutes

Join the legendary Canadian Brass and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra at FirstOntario Concert Hall for a one hour musical performance that is sure to inspire every budding musician.

From buzzing and blowing to plucking and bowing, students learn about the orchestra and all its musical possibilities.

Student tickets: $5 per student (HST incl.)

One supervisor is complimentary for every 10 student tickets purchased.

Please contact us for Priority/High Needs/Equal Opportunity School pricing. Email Courtney Prizrenac or phone 905-526-1677 x203.

Performance support by

       

Available workshops

The Rehearsal Experience

  • Gr. 9 to 12 music classes
  • Maximum 30 students
  • 90 minutes
  • FREE

Join the HPO for a sneak peek at our rehearsal process! You and your students are seated on stage with the orchestra for this immersive experience. Students learn about the world of professional orchestral music from preparation to downbeat. Your visit includes an introduction and question and answer session with HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson Schulte.

 

Learn more

How does it work?

Who can attend?

The Rehearsal Experience is available to high school music classes only. Each visit can accommodate one class (max 30) per rehearsal.

What’s the cost?

The Rehearsal Experience is free of charge.

For more information or if you have any questions about a visit to an HPO rehearsal, please email Courtney Prizrenac or phone 905-526-1677 x203.

HPO Upbeat Performances

  • Available to all grades
  • Maximum 300 students
  • 60 minutes

Cost

Thanks to government grants, arts organization funding, and business and private support, the fee is only $250 + HST per ensemble.

Experience the magic of HPO musicians live in your school!

Brass Building Blocks

The HPO Brass quintet guides students through the elements of music! We use tone, rhythm, harmony and melody to lead students through familiar music and works that might be new to them. Students learn that not all brass instruments are made of brass, or even metal at all! One lucky student will even get to conduct the quintet!

Around the World with Reeds and Wind

From South America to Europe and beyond, this presentation introduces students to the range and flexibility of instruments in the woodwind family as well as the unique way they produce sound. Students learn the elements of music while listening to a variety of pieces that bring music from around the world directly to your school.

Music in Motion: Dances for String Quartet

Join the HPO String Quartet in an exploration of music in motion. Students learn how string instruments use vibration to create sound and that each instrument is held together with balance and glue! Each instrument of the string quartet is featured to guide students through the musical delights of dance. Elements of music such as tempo, dynamics, rhythm and harmony are demonstrated.

UpBeat Workshops are one hour in length

Performances are offered for a maximum audience of 300 students.

Contact us for bursary options for High Priority schools.

 

Curriculum Connections:

Music: The Creative Process, Critical Analysis, Elements of Music

Language Arts: Oral Communication and Reading

Science and Technology: Matter and Energy, Structures and Mechanisms

Performance support provided by

 

For more information please email Courtney Prizrenac or phone 905-526-1677 x203.

Found Sound Workshop

  • Gr. 2 to 8 or Gr. 9 to 12 music classes
  • Maximum 60 students
  • Session One: 30 minutes, Session Two: 60 minutes
  • $250 + HST (Contact us about pricing for high needs schools)

Abigail Richardson-Schulte, HPO’s Composer-in-Residence, leads students through the process of creating a storm soundscape with the orchestra for the purpose of storytelling in her work The Sleeping Giant. Abigail introduces students to her collection of found sound instruments and prepares them for finding their own.

Optional Add-on: Abigail returns to your classroom for a jam session with the Found Sound instruments that your students have researched.

This workshop supports the Science and Technology and Music Curriculums of the Province of Ontario.

Curriculum Connections

Music: The Creative Process, Critical Analysis, Elements of Music

Language Arts: Oral Communication and Reading

Science and Technology: Matter, Energy and Structure and Function

To book your Found Sound Workshop please email Courtney Prizrenac or phone 905-526-1677 x203.


Storytelling Workshops

The Sleeping Giant

  • Gr. 2 to 8 or music classes Gr. 9 to 12
  • Maximum 100 students
  • 
50 minutes
  • 
$125 + HST (Contact us about pricing for high needs schools)
  • 
$350 + HST in conjunction with the Found Sound workshop.

HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte leads students through her exciting composition The Sleeping Giant, as they learn about the creative process of composing music to tell a story. Students learn about the instruments of the orchestra and how their unique sounds can bring characters and nature to life. The Sleeping Giant is based on the Ojibwe legend of Nanabosho, son of the West Wind, who protected his people and land before making a crucial mistake resulting in the punishment of being turned to stone. Each workshop is tailored for the age group of the audience.

This workshop supplements the language Arts and Music Curriculums of the Province of Ontario.

 

The Hockey Sweater/Alligator Pie

  • Gr. 2 to 8 or music classes Gr. 9 to 12
  • Maximum 100 students
  • 
50 minutes
  • 
$125 + HST (Contact us about pricing for high needs schools)
  • 
$350 + HST in conjunction with the Found Sound workshop.

Join HPO Composer-In-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte as she shares her orchestral compositions using iconic Canadian children’s books by Roch Carrier and Dennis Lee.  Abigail leads students through the process of composing music based on a book, from working with the authors to bringing their works to life. Rhythm, harmony and melody express the moods and events of the book with the orchestra as storyteller.

From ceramic tiles simulating the sound of hockey skates on ice to the incredible power of the pipe organ, Abigail shares how she supplements the standard instruments of the orchestra to create sound effects to tell a story. As well, she shares how she “broke the rules” and let the orchestra players join in the fun.

The Hockey Sweater is one of the most performed works in Canada, often with Roch Carrier narrating himself.

This workshop supplements the Language Arts, Science and Technology and Music Curriculums of the Province of Ontario

Meet the Greats

  • Gr. 2 to 8 or music classes Gr. 9 to 12
  • Maximum 100 students
  • 
50 minutes
  • 
$125 + HST (Contact us about pricing for high needs schools)
  • 
$350 + HST in conjunction with the Found Sound workshop.

Did you know that Haydn left home at age six? By that same age, Mozart was touring Europe as a pianist, performing musical tricks for royalty. Did you know that Bach went to jail just for quitting his job or that Liszt was the first rock star? HPO Composer-In-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte brings history to life with this funny and fascinating presentation on the lives of the great composers. Get to know what their lives were like and what their music sounds like, as Abigail performs her favourite works on the piano.

Each workshop is tailored to the grade level of the audience.

A piano is required for this workshop.

This workshop supplements the Music curriculum of the Province of Ontario.

To book a Storytelling Workshop please email Courtney Prizrenac or phone 905-526-1677 x203.

For an immersive and enriching experience, book The Found Sound workshop and one of the Storytelling workshops together for $350.

The HPO gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors, without whom the HPO Education Programs would not be possible.

 

Malloch Foundation Fund through Hamilton Community Foundation