Sharing our Passion Through Educational Programming

The GJSO is passionate about educational programs for the young and young-at-heart and providing as many ways as possible to “Meet The Music”. The Instrument Petting Zoo, Symphony Storytime, Crystal Baton, Concerts in the Classroom, and the Young Artist Competition offer a wide variety of educational opportunities for all ages.

Student Tickets


Student ticket pricing for all Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra concerts is only $5! Choose “student” during online checkout, or contact the GJSO box office at 970-243-6787.


Conductor’s Club

On Saturday evenings, prior to Classics Series concert weekends with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (GJSO), conductor and music director Charles Latshaw will provide a brief informational talk about the music to be played during upcoming concerts. This pre-concert party is for newcomers and seasoned classical lovers alike!

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Crystal Baton Composition Competition


The Crystal Baton Composition Competition is a unique opportunity for elementary and middle school students to compose a simple melody line that will be arranged, orchestrated, and performed by the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

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Instrument Petting Zoo

“The kids loved it. I had one student who went to the music store that day and his mother purchased him a violin. He is 6 years old and is now taking violin lessons. It was a very positive experience!”

Judy ReddingLife Academy

The delight in watching the eyes of a child light up is priceless—and that is exactly what happens when the Instrument Petting Zoo arrives! Children and students of all ages listen to musicians from the symphony provide a brief explanation and demonstration of instruments of the symphony: woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion. The majority of the time is spent trying out the instruments. The hands-on experience is exciting and gratifying—and is reflected in their reactions when they get sounds out of a trombone, clarinet, violin and more!

Interested in bringing the Instrument Petting Zoo to your school or group? Call the Symphony Office at 243-6787 or contact Executive Director Kelly Anderson via email at

Young Artist Competition


Grand Junction Symphony Young Artist Competition: Voice (2022-2023)

Application Deadline: Friday December 23, 2022

Please submit Application and Application Fee to be considered for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition: Voice (2022-2023)

Please contact Grand Junction Symphony at with any questions regarding this application. For technical help, please contact

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Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks

One universal element of music is rhythm. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. A consistent groove can unite musicians, singers, and audiences in an experience of listening and performing together. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra rocks.