Iris Orchestra is passionate about passing on a legacy and love of music. By providing focused music outreach and engagement outside of the concert hall in classrooms and throughout the community, Iris uses music as a resource to foster empowerment in youth. By exposing students to new music, raising the understanding of music, and applying music in relatable methods, young minds expand and new opportunities to further explore music both individually and within the community begin.
Working in the schools… Iris’ Community Involvement & Outreach Coordinators team up with each partner school to develop an engagement plan that best serves the individual students and programs at the different schools. With a focus on education, mentorship, and inspiration, Iris musicians encourage students to broaden their perspectives, strive for excellence in themselves, and find their own voice.
Curriculum… Iris Orchestra provides College and Career Ready Standards-aligned curriculum based around music from each of its concerts. Teachers can choose from several lessons ranging from exploration of incidental music to study of neoclassicism. Adjustable to accommodate sixth through twelfth grade, the curriculum can be adapted to fit any middle or high school orchestra class.