The LSO provides a wide array of educational programs, performances, and scholarship
opportunities to students throughout a 14-county region in Indiana.
Each year the LSO provides:

Keller Competition


Young musicians, ages 22 and under, compete for a $500 scholarship and the chance to be a featured soloist in concert with the LSO. Each year, up to three winners are selected from the Competition to perform a concerto selection with the Orchestra on our Keller Concert. The 2018 Keller Competition will take place on Saturday, June 9.

Click Here for Keller Rules & Regulations
Click Here for a Keller Application
Click Here for a List of Approved Repertoire

McPherson String Scholarships


Created by Dr. and Mrs. Richard McPherson in 1998, this scholarship fund provides string players in grades 7-12 the opportunity to receive assistance in pursuing training on their instrument. Scholarship winners are selected through an annual application process and receive $300 to use for private lessons or participation in a summer music camp. Application materials are available each year beginning in late February.

Click Here for McPherson Scholarship Rules & Regulations
Click Here for a Student Application
Click Here for a Teacher Evaluation



The LSO presents two free daytime concerts for 4th and 5th grade classes, introducing more than 2,000 students annually to the joys of live performance and symphonic music. Registered teachers will receive classroom materials from the LSO to use in preparing their students for the unique learning experience. Our next performance in February 2018 will be the timeless classic, Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf. Note: both the 10:00 am and 12:30 pm performances are full for February 2018. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Cushion Concerts

The LSO’s Cushion Concerts are interactive, kid-friendly performances in your library, recreational center, or daycare.  For these events, an LSO musician shares music with your youngest library patrons, engaging them with creative stories, music history, explanations of instrument physics, or examples of music from around the world.  Each Cushion Concert is unique. Learn about the harp, the violin, the horn, instruments of the percussion section, and more in a program designed just for you.

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Strings Attached

The LSO’s Strings Attached program provides 2nd through 5th grade students with a free in-school, hands-on violin experience. For this program, an LSO musician visits classrooms in either a general education classroom or during their music period for a 30-40 minute violin lesson. Each child is provided with a ½ size or ¾ size violin to play for the lesson.

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Lollipop Concert

The Lollipop is a fun and affordable way for children and families to experience the orchestra. Start off the evening by visiting the Instrument Petting Zoo where you can touch and try many of the instruments of the orchestra. Then join the Orchestra for an exciting concert that will educate and entertain the whole family! Visit our Concert page for info on this year’s concert.

Backstage Pass


This evening program invites student groups of up to 50 (public, private, home-school classes, Scout troops, clubs, etc.) to meet Maestro Nick Palmer, tour the theater, and sit-in on a portion of a live LSO rehearsal. This opportunity is free of charge, but subject to schedule and availability.

For more information or to schedule any of our Education Programs, please contact the LSO office at (765) 742-6463.