Meet the Instruments

Through our Meet the Instruments series, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, students will get to know the many instruments that make up a symphony orchestra—as well as the North Carolina Symphony musicians who play them!


Tune-Up with Your North Carolina Symphony

NCS musicians lead middle and high school students in FREE online workshops. Learn tips and tricks for improving your technique and artistry during a one-hour coaching session. Select students will have the opportunity to perform and receive direct feedback.

If you have questions or would like more information about future Tune-Up events, please email education@ncsymphony.org


The North Carolina Symphony’s FREE Adopt-a-School program fosters the relationship between NCS musicians and K-12 students and teachers statewide. Individual musicians are paired with North Carolina teachers, serving as mentor and resource throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Musicians and teachers work collaboratively to schedule engaging virtual activities and/or visits that align with the North Carolina Essential Standards in Music.

Possible activities include musical discussions, instrument demonstrations, incorporating music into cross-curricular subject areas, and more. If you have questions about the Adopt-a-School program, please contact education@ncsymphony.org.

Youth Concerto Competition

The North Carolina Symphony’s Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition is North Carolina’s premier performance competition for young instrumentalists. The competition fosters the most promising musical talents in our state; winners have gone on to enter some of the world’s most prestigious music schools and perform with other acclaimed music organizations across the country.

The competition is open to candidates ages 10 to 21 and is divided into junior and senior divisions. A panel of NCS musicians adjudicates preliminary and final rounds in Raleigh. The first- and second-prize winners in each division receive cash awards, with the first-prize senior division winner also earning the opportunity to perform in a future concert with the North Carolina Symphony.