The North Carolina Symphony is proud to announce a new initiative called One State, One Score—with the inspiring “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 arranged for many different instruments, instrument combinations, vocal parts, skill levels, and even languages.

The scores will be accessible to all North Carolinians and the Symphony will invite the submission of video recordings of the music, to be compiled into a final video for the public. The project aims to bring people of diverse backgrounds together, albeit virtually, in a collective arts experience.

All instruments are welcome!

We want to see and hear what you love, from traditional orchestra instruments like violins and flutes to synthesizers, electric guitars, and banjos.

Just pick a score for your favorite instrument and your experience level, record your take on it, and get ready make your debut with the North Carolina Symphony!

Get started

  • Download the music that works for you. We have Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced scores for a variety of instruments, and custom options for the clef you read and the key you play. Try them out at our download page here.
  • Set your metronome to 132 bpm. If you need one, you can get a metronome app here.
  • Make a video to share the music and show off your style.
  • Along with your video, we encourage you to share your musical story. How did you pick your instrument? How long have you played? Where did you first encounter the North Carolina Symphony? You can share your story in writing or make an introduction video to send in along with your performance video.