SPCO concerts are canceled through May 10 in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).


Developed over 20 years ago as a partnership between The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and public schools in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the CONNECT program is a supplementary music education program, provided free-of-charge, in 10 partnering schools.  The CONNECT program serves all students in the partnering schools, students in grades 1-5, approximately 5,000 students annually.

The CONNECT program is a constantly changing and ever-evolving program.  In an effort to align the program with the organization’s overarching strategic goals, keep up with the constant changes within public school education and respond to feedback provided by our partnering schools in the annual CONNECT evaluation, some program changes and adjustments occur from year to year.

The elements of the program include:

  • Thematic Curriculum
    – Student Newsletter: colorful individual resource outlining the musical theme of the year
    – Teacher Supplement: worksheets, lesson plans which align to the state standards and ideas for incorporation of classical music
    into the classroom
    – All-School Resources:  Internet resources, specially selected books and CDs to promote the integration of the musical theme for
    the year
  • Concert Repertoire Preparation
    – Visual and audio resources for teacher use with students
  • Orchestra Concert Attendance
    – Full-orchestra concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall – designed specifically to bring the year’s CONNECT theme to life
  • CONNECTion In-School Visit
    – One SPCO musician visit for concert concept preparation
  • Virtual CONNECTion Visits
    – One engaging video featuring kids (from the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies) performing for kids
    – Two interactive videos with a SPCO Liquid Music composer and artist

Participating schools in the CONNECT Program:

St. Paul Public Schools:                                                                            Minneapolis Public Schools:
Eastern Heights Elementary                                                                        Kenwood Community School
Expo for Excellence                                                                                     Loring Community School
Groveland Park Elementary                                                                         Pratt Community School
Global Arts Plus                                                                                           Seward Montessori
Mississippi Creative Arts
Riverview Elementary

For more information on the CONNECT program and a special feature at Linwood Elementary in St. Paul, check out MN Original’s special on The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at 9’52” in the video below.