The Rapides Symphony is strongly committed to the education and development of the Symphony’s future musicians and audiences. Our educational initiatives include:

Youth Honor Orchestra

The best young musicians from the Central Louisiana area audition and rehearse over a weekend and have the opportunity to work with a regionally recognized clinician/conductor. The program culminates with a concert that is free and open to the public. 

The concert will be held in January 2019 (specific time TBA) at Pineville High School Auditorium.  

Please call the Symphony Office for more information, 318-442-9709.

This project is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Divion of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana.  Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

Concerto Competition

This biennial competition attracts the very best young instrumental soloists from throughout Louisiana to win the opportunity to perform on a subscription concert with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra on March 16, 2019 and cash prizes.

The next competition will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019.  
Application Deadline- Monday, January 7.  

Previous Rules and Application Form here.

Side-by-Side Educational Concert

Our region’s brightest young musicians will perform “side-by-side” with members of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra for an audience of 5th graders from around the Central Louisiana area.

In-School programs

The Symphony utilizes the talents of its musicians, guest artists, and volunteer docents as musical ambassadors to the area’s schools. Maestro Zona also visits area schools as often as possible to work with their performing ensembles. If you would like information on having a Symphony musician visit your school, call the Symphony office at 318-442-9709.


Rapides Symphony Orchestra
1101 Fourth Street, Suite 201
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301

Phone: (318) 442-9709
Fax: (318) 484-4499
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