Sponsorship Opportunities

Area businesses and individuals support the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Music Education programs through sponsorships. All music education programs are offered free of charge to all area students. Without the annual investments made from local businesses and individuals, eight music outreach programs could not be made available to area youth.

Contact Steve Mohr, Director of Development, at 563-322-0931 ext. 107 or use the form below to explore the opportunity to support the following valued programs.

* Required
Email* *
Please type the number 38632:*
(spam prevention)

Symphony Day

SYMPHONY DAY will celebrate its thirty-first season on February 25, 2014. Since its inception over 155,000 students have collectively attended this event. This year more than 7,000 students representing 45 public, private and home study schools within a 50-mile radius of the Quad Cities will travel by bus to the Adler Theatre in Davenport to participate in Symphony Day. Fourth and fifth graders will have the opportunity to experience one of three live concerts performed by a full orchestra of accomplished student musicians, and the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra members will also have the experience of performing in a professional theatre. Prior to Symphony Day, a free electronic study guide is distributed on-line to participating classroom teachers, included are a teacher's guide, classroom materials, music selections and evaluation worksheets.

Brass, String and Woodwind School Outreach Tours 

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association provides music education programs in concert halls, in classrooms, and in the community. For over 50 years School Outreach Tours have been the foundation of QCSO music education services and have annually provided essential music instruction to tens of thousands Quad City students. Brass, String and Woodwind Tours, comprised of QCSO musicians, travel to area public and private schools throughout the season. These essential enrichment programs introduce elementary schoolchildren to music fundamentals and instruments through sequential presentations of orchestral repertoire using a variety of interactive techniques and performances.

Quad City Symphony Youth Orchestras

Founded in 1990 the YOUTH STRING ENSEMBLE is a performance group designed to provide training and performance opportunities for younger string players. The current Youth String Ensemble is comprised of 50 young musicians from 15 school districts from Iowa and Illinois. Membership is by audition in the spring, with rehearsals beginning in the fall. The Interim Director of the String Ensemble is John Schultz.

Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra

The QUAD CITY YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA was founded in 1958 as a training ensemble for middle, junior high and high school-aged musicians. Membership is by audition in the spring and is comprised of 90 accomplished instrumentalists drawn from 13 school districts. Each year, the orchestra performs two subscription concerts and features soloists chosen from within the Youth Orchestra. In addition, the Orchestra performs "Symphony Day" -- a series of music education concerts for 7,000 elementary school children. The QCYSO maintains a scholarship fund from which more than $10,000 is awarded to qualified orchestra members who demonstrate unusual ability and dedicated participation in the ensemble. Youth Orchestra rehearsals begin in the fall, with sessions scheduled on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Interim Music Director and Conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra is Aaron Kaplan.


Students@Symphony invites local secondary music students to Friday evening dress rehearsals of the QCSO. The students watch the rehearsal, meet and interact with the orchestra musicians, conductor and guest soloists.

Instruments for Kids

Instruments for Kids is a project that provides free musical instruments to Quad City children. A volunteer effort led by high school students, Ellen Kloppenborg and founded by Lily Arbisser, this program collects used musical instruments from the community. The student volunteer then coordinates the repair/refurbishment of each instrument. The instruments are then matched to a waiting list of students from Quad City area schools who have an interest in learning to play a musical instrument but who are unable to purchase or rent appropriate instruments on their own.

Take a chance on a child today and support the music education programs of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra!