Ensemble Program

The Philharmonic is currently booking performances for the 2024-25 school year. To reserve a date and time for your school, please submit the online scheduling form here.

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic has a long tradition of bringing live concert experience directly to schools throughout Northeast Indiana. Ten Fort Wayne Philharmonic chamber ensembles offer in-school educational programs that include musical performances, instrument demonstration and opportunities for student interaction. Each ensemble program is designed to address the Indiana Department of Education Standards of Learning in Music and may be crafted to support multidisciplinary themes.

Elementary Schools

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic has eight chamber ensembles available to perform in elementary schools. Ensembles represent each of different instrument group of the orchestra, including: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Ensemble performances are typically booked for the entire school, with the musicians playing two, back-to-back, 35-minute performances, assembly-style.


The Fort Wayne Philharmonic also offers two ensembles specifically for pre-school classrooms. Woodwind and string duos are available to perform programs specifically designed for the young learner. These 25-minute performances can be booked for individual classrooms and/or an entire building, depending on the number of students. 

For more information about Philharmonic ensemble programs, please contact, Erin Bean, Director of Community Engagement, at [email protected]

Click here for the preschool ensemble request form. 

Club Orchestra

Club Orchestra is modeled after Venezuela's "El Sistema" movement and was created to develop future generations of arts-aware and musically knowledgeable citizens. Club Orchestra increases self-esteem and teaches life lessons to students through music in an orchestra classroom. For more information please contact please contact Emily Thompson, Club Orchestras Program Manager at, [email protected]

Instrument Loan Program

Every student should have the opportunity to play an instrument of their choosing. Over 100 string, brass, and woodwind instruments are available on a first-come first-served basis for musicians at any ability level.  For more information, contact Sara Davis at [email protected]