Since its founding in 1934, the Orchestra has put education at the heart of its mission. Thanks to bold and innovative projects, the Orchestra makes it possible for younger generations to incorporate music as a lasting feature of their lives.

November is Youth Month, a special time for the OSM to show its engagement with young people! Whether it’s with the OSM Competition, which supports the next generation of musicians, the Musique aux enfants program, which introduces young children to music, or the Euphonie project, which gives children from different backgrounds an opportunity to get together, the OSM will be showcasing its various educational initiatives throughout the month!

The OSM Competition

Following the massive success of its first virtual edition, the Competition is back in strength for a second year, using a formula designed for both artists and music lovers. Its web platform will allow candidates to be seen and heard from coast to coast. Dedicated to singing, this 82nd edition will take place from September 13 to November 27.


An initiative of the OSM and philanthropist Michel Phaneuf in collaboration with music therapist Nathalie Leroux and École Saint-Etienne in Montreal, this project, which began in 2018, enables several children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as regular school students to approach music and art through adapted workshops. The project will culminate in two concerts on April 7 and 10—one for schools and one for families—at the Maison symphonique.

School Matinees

Year after year, School Matinees are unmissable events that bring together the OSM and students for whom the opportunity to discover the different facets of the Orchestra is always a source of great enthusiasm! Once again, elementary and secondary schools will be given the opportunity to register for an OSM School Matinee, providing them with the chance to attend these concerts. Be on the lookout on January 11 to discover upcoming School Matinees!


Aimed primarily at youth aged 5 to 12, the Children’s Corner series is conceived as an opportunity for the whole family to share and discover music. These concerts are original OSM productions that invite the young and not-so-young to learn in a fun and interactive way. On March 20 and May 15, connect with the fascinating world of the symphony orchestra.


La musique aux enfants is a musical pre-school and kindergarten program in the borough of Montréal-Nord in which over 200 children can develop and benefit from intensive music instruction. In addition, the program reaches out to over 100 families in the community each week, enabling them to discover the world of classical music through a variety of activities. More than ever, it is essential to support the musical education of young children, fostering their development, opening their minds, and sharing the joy and well-being music brings.


Euphonie is an initiative of the OSM to instigate intercultural encounters between elementary school students from the Association of Jewish Schools and public schools in Quebec. This musical project will take place in 3 phases, in which 30 junior and senior classes are paired with the goal to co-create a text and a musical work. This fall, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the symphony orchestra through a digital concert and a meeting with an OSM musician. The project continues throughout the school year, so stay tuned!

This project is made possible with the generous support of the Jewish Community Foundation and Ruth and David Steinberg.


The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is proud to be associated with Culture pour tous and the activity Une chanson à l’école (A song for your school) during the Journées de la culture this year! This is a unifying project allowing students throughout Quebec and French-speaking communities elsewhere to discover an original song written especially for them. This year, Ariane Moffatt composed Ensemble, sensibles, a rhythmic, dancy and optimistic song recorded with the OSM at the Maison symphonique. The participating schools were able to discover the orchestra through pedagogical tools designed especially for them, and the OSM provided scores adapted for schools with instrumental ensembles. Discover here the video summarizing this project, in which more than 1000 schools took part!


Discover some of Mozart’s best-known melodies with your family next November 28 in a free concert presented by the OSM in partnership with the borough of Montréal-Nord. This event is hosted by La musique aux enfants educator Lybid Roque Pinedo with the participation of four OSM musicians. Guaranteed to be a beautiful musical moment for young people!

November 28th at 2 p.m. at Maison Culturelle et Communautaire de Montréal-Nord, Oliver Jones Hall

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The OSM is proud to present a series of educational clips specially designed for high school students and teachers. These clips feature OSM musicians helping young people overcome technical challenges specific to the instruments of the symphony orchestra. Their aim is to offer teachers and students pedagogical tools that meet their specific needs.

All these initiatives are made possible thanks in great part to the support of our loyal donors. Their gifts allow the OSM to pursue its mission of accessibility and education and to develop initiatives that promote the benefits that music can bring, so essential for young peoples’ development. If you too would like to make a donation:

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