Downbeat: Assembling the Orchestra

Through Downbeat, the Sherman Symphony Orchestra provides enrichment opportunities for middle and high school instrumental musicians. A range of applied learning experiences allows students to train with and perform alongside professional orchestral musicians. If you are interested in refining your skills, studying with artist-teachers, and would like to perform with the Sherman Symphony someday, take a look at the opportunities listed below. For more information, contact Leslie Whelan, Education Director.

SSO Scholars

SSO Scholars provides specialized instruction to every orchestra student in the Sherman Independent School District at no cost. Sherman Symphony musicians lead up to one hundred group coaching sessions annually that help students build technique, prepare for concerts, and learn new repertoire.

SSO Fellows

Ever since its founding in 1966, the SSO has valued its youngest members. While college musicians routinely play with the orchestra, advanced high school instrumentalists may also audition for membership. SSO Fellows perform alongside professional musicians in all concerts throughout the season. To learn more and schedule an audition, please contact Daniel Dominick.

Austin College Summer Music Camp

Hosted by Austin College and operated by the SSO, Austin College Summer Music Camp  is a program for middle and high school students that provides musical development through chamber music, electives, and large ensembles. SSO musicians, AC professors, and area music directors serve as camp faculty.

  • ACSMC 2024 will take place June 10-14
  • Registration is open through March 10 or until all spots are filled
  • For questions and to apply, visit the ACSMC website
  • ACSMC 2024 participants may submit online tuition payments here


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