Explore Music!


Explore Music with the North State Symphony!

The North State Symphony’s Explore Music program brings the joy of classical music to local classrooms and communities, encouraging students of all ages to listen, play and engage with professional musicians.


A single impression can trigger a young person’s lifelong love of classical music, whether or not they play an instrument.

Youth Concerts: The North State Symphony entertains, educates and inspires young people at annual children’s concerts in Chico, Red Bluff and Redding. Programs are specially designed to entertain, educate, and inspire young people's love of classical music.

Musician In-School Demonstrations: During the symphony season, Music Director Scott Seaton and NSS musicians visit local classrooms, giving students an opportunity to listen, ask questions and interact with professional musicians up-close. Request an NSS Musician or Ensemble visit to your school or classroom in Chico or Redding.

Student Vouchers to NSS Concerts: Experience NSS in concert with discount student vouchers. Once your student or child has seen a Youth Concert or In-School Demonstration, we bet they'll be raring to come to one of our full-length concerts! We offer student discounts for all regular season concerts, and select special performances.


“All I wanted to do was play in the band!” —Elijah J. Cummings, U.S. Representative

Side-By-Side Concerts: There’s nothing like playing on stage with a talented group of professional musicians. NSS partners with North State youth orchestras to give aspiring musicians the unique experience of playing alongside professional musicians in public concerts.


Mastery is its own reward! Perform with musicians of the North State Symphony.

In-School Music Masters: NSS showcases many world-renowned soloists each year. In-School Music Masters brings these outstanding musicians into local schools to mentor advanced students in exclusive master classes.

Young Artist Auditions: Our annual Young Artist Auditions encourages high school and college music students to pursue careers as professional musicians by giving the most talented of them the experience of performing as a soloist in a NSS concert. Co-sponsored by the Chico Guild and Symphony League of Redding, cash prizes are also awarded.

Student Scholarships: The Chico Guild and the Symphony League of Redding, auxiliary organizations of the North State Symphony, provide scholarships and awards to deserving music students in the North State.

“My passion for classical music started in childhood after a chance exposure to orchestral music. Young people need more ways to engage with and enjoy the symphony, and build the foundation for a lifetime of appreciation.”

— Scott Seaton, NSS Music Director