We dedicate ourselves to giving back to the
Park Ridge community that has given us so much

Inexpensive Ticket Prices for Youth

Thanks to our generous sponsors who want to make symphonic music available to families and teens, PRCOrchestra offers extremely low ticket prices for patrons under 18. There's no better way for families to enjoy a hassle-free cultural event together, or for teens to afford a special evening out. We think this extraordinary music should be for everyone!

In-School Music Workshops

Our professional musicians also conduct in-school programs, workshops and mentoring, with support from the Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council, Illinois Arts Council, and District 64 Band and Parents Organization.  One popular program, our Musical Instrument Workshop, introduces children to the sights and sounds of instruments from around the world. Tailored to each school’s and teacher’s requests, this workshop can be presented to one classroom or a group assembly. An emphasis on science, acoustics, social studies and more is an optional added benefit to this fun, educational presentation.

If you are interested in a PRCOrchestra program at your school, please contact us at 847-692-PRCO (7726) or info@parkridgecivicorchestra.org.

Student Scholarships

The PRCOrchestra offers an annual scholarship competition for high school seniors. All 12th grade instrumentalists from high schools in Park Ridge and the greater Chicago area are welcome to apply. With the support of Park Ridge Rotary Club and other civic groups, the PRCOrchestra Student Scholarship Program has awarded more than $35,000 in scholarships. Winners may also be eligible to perform publicized recitals in venues including the Park Ridge Public Library. Majoring in music in college is not required, but applicants must be continuing musical studies at college to audition. Two, $1000 dollar scholarships will be awarded.

If you have any questions about the PRCOrchestra scholarship program, please contact us at 847-692-PRCO (7726) or info@parkridgecivicorchestra.org.

Applications for the 2020 PRCOrchestra Scholarship competition will open in late fall/early winter of this year

Down Syndrome Music Classes

Since 2014, the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra has partnered with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's Adult Down Syndrome Center to offer a music class for people living with Down syndrome. The enthusiastic participants have kept the beat to songs from Justin Bieber's "Baby" to Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line." 

PRCOrchestra musician Lisa Taylor and music therapist Nancy Swanson have taught these successful music programs at the Adult Down Syndrome Center in Park Ridge. Each five-class program includes visual arts as well as music to provide a well-rounded experience.