The Education and Outreach Branch of the Traverse City Philharmonic

At the Traverse City Philharmonic, we believe in the importance of music education and strive to nurture a love of music in children and the community. Music helps with math, science, coordination, creativity, languages, and cooperation.


Directed by Lynne Tobin

Celebrating their 20th Season! The Civic program welcomes non-professional string musicians of all ages and skill sets to join two community string orchestras — Sinfonia Strings and Prelude Strings. The ensembles meet weekly for rehearsals and free performances throughout the year. $150/semester, Tuesday evening rehearsals. Fall & Winter/Spring terms. Learn more.


Directed by Gary Gatzke, Jr.

Presenting their 10th Season!! This program is for individuals who want to play in small ensembles, working on chamber music performing techniques as well as repertoire. Rehearsals focus on playing together in duos, trios, quartets, and larger groups, exploring different textures and sounds. $75/semester, Tuesday evening rehearsals, Fall & Winter/Spring terms. Learn more.


Directed by Dr. Timothy Topolewski

The TC Phil is now the new home for the semi-professional Encore Symphonic Winds, led by Tim Topolewski. We are excited about the opportunities this will provide for adult musicians in the surrounding counties to perform at a very high level. Founded in 1989, Encore’s mission is to offer our community excellent music in an entertaining way through four seasonal concerts a year while providing quality experiences for the musicians, allowing them the opportunity to return their talents to the community. Learn more.


The Suzuki Method of teaching and learning music is based upon the philosophy that renowned Japanese violin pedagogue Dr. Shinichi Suzuki discovered early in his professional career: Every Child Can. He realized that all children across the world learn to speak and communicate their native languages with ease, despite the difficulties of the language. He believed that music is learned in much the same way as language and that every child can thrive in a musical environment. Dr. Suzuki’s method has come to inspire and guide music instruction all over the world.


In Collaboration with the Traverse Area District Library
Held on weekends throughout the region, this new series will integrate storytelling with music and movement, aimed at children 5-12 and their families. Learn more.


TC Phil Tots@TADL family concerts are free to the public and feature performances by small ensembles of the professional Traverse City Philharmonic. Family Concerts introduce children ages 5 and under to the components that make up an orchestra, via kid friendly and engaging arts activities. Learn More.


The TC Phil in the Schools program offers day-long instrument workshops focusing on woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments. These workshops include master class instruction, ensemble performances, instrument care, and maintenance, as well as instrument rental and purchase logistics hosted by local vendors. Workshop clinicians are musicians from the professional Traverse City Philharmonic as well as guest artists from throughout the state of Michigan. Learn more.

TC Phil Education Programs made possible in part by grants from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation, Eagles for Children, the Biederman Family Foundation, the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundation, the Michigan Arts & Culture Council, Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network, Rotary Charities, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, the Oleson Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support from patrons like you!