Every year the Artist Series selects an acclaimed classical music ensemble whose work reflects diverse cultural dimensions to lead the Artist-in-Residence program. Celebrating its 16th anniversary, the Artist-in-Residence program has reached thousands of students, and adults, most of whom would never have a chance to meet accomplished musicians “up close and personal.” 

The classical quartet Fandango! has been selected to lead our 2017 residency. Fandango!’s core mission is to redefine the classical music experience, forge a new identity for chamber music and reach the broadest audience possible, regardless of means and circumstances. The ensemble is acclaimed for its excellent work in both the concert hall and classroom.

Program activities include six educational music workshops for underserved youth in primary and secondary schools in Leon, Wakulla and Gadsden counties; a workshop in a senior living facility; a master class for young musicians and a widely promoted public concert held in Opperman Music Hall at the FSU College of Music.

The residency inspires audience members to attend a classical music performance for the first time, helping build demand for the arts.To encourage workshop participants to attend the final concert the  Artist Series offers free transportation to Opperman Music Hall and free group admission.

The Artist-in-Residence program is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and through COCA’s Cultural Grant Program funded by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County and Radiology Associates of Tallahassee.


Get Connected!

Classical Kids – Classical New England presents a 24-hour continuous channel of classical music programs created for kids. Listen to the Kids Classical Channel and introduce the world of classical music to a young person in your life.

Classics for Kids – Classics for Kids® has been honored with a National Community Impact Award for Engagement by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in recognition of its innovative on-air and online services for children.

Classical Net  This comprehensive web site contains information about composers, classical music and music resources, such as scores, CD’s, downloadable audio clips and an extensive list of further online resources.

Children’s Music Web  This general music site offers material for children, parents, teachers and performers.

Arts Education IDEAS  Articles about the integration of arts into academic curricula, workshops for teachers and administrators and early childhood home-schooling packages that help parents teach their preschool age children through the arts.

National Association for Music Education  This web site of the professional organization for music educators, provides a collection of resources including publications and an on-line idea center and lesson plan library.

Kennedy Center for the Arts  A comprehensive site for arts educators at all grade levels for a variety of arts disciplines, with hundreds of sample lesson plans.

VH1 Save the Music Foundation – This site helps school districts throughout the U.S. restore music education programs to eligible schools by supplying musical instruments and complete band, string and keyboard programs. The program has helped several Detroit area schools.

New York Philharmonic   The lively animated “kidzone” site features a backstage tour, instrument gallery, composer information, games, an “instrument lab” and a composition workshop. The New York Philharmonic\’s general website also includes an education section that is devoted to teacher resources, lessons, student activities and a useful list of online resource links.

 The Chill Music Teacher 

Lesson plans and classroom materials