Beyond The Concert Hall

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s multi-faceted Education Program inspires people of all ages by enhancing the concert experience, mentoring young musicians, introducing new audiences to chamber music, collaborating with other organizations, and fostering community around the shared experience of chamber music. Whether it’s a child’s first exposure to classical music, a young musician’s one-on-one interaction with an eminent concert artist, or a scholar sharing insights into the repertoire, each aspect of our program engages current and future audiences.

Annually, PCMS presents 50+ free education and community events throughout the Philadelphia region including:

  • Masterclasses for young musicians-in-training
  • Pre-Concert Talks for ticket holders looking to learn
  • Livestream Artist Interviews for local, national, and international viewers
  • Community Concerts for Philadelphians in their own neighborhoods
  • Children’s Concerts for the audiences of tomorrow
  • Student & Community Tickets for the audiences of today

We invite you to learn alongside us this season. For more information, contact Chelsea Steinberg, Education & Community Collaborations Director, at

We are grateful for the program support we have received from the Julian and Lois Brodsky Music Education Fund, Andrea Baldeck, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the William Penn Foundation, the Presser and Connelly Foundations, the William King Foundation and others. Program sponsorships make a very real difference in providing our community with artistic and life lessons that can enrich them forever. To learn more about how you can support our mission, contact Pat Manley, Advancement Director, at


In-school masterclasses and workshops give students the opportunity to work with eminent artists who bring technical, musical, and historical perspectives to the works they are studying.

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Pre-Concert Talks

Led by respected musical scholars, 25 pre-concert conversations offer insights into the repertoire prior to performances at the Kimmel Center, adding a depth and personal understanding to our programming that goes beyond program notes.

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Children's Concerts

Free children’s concerts reveal the inner workings of chamber music through interactive performances that are open to area schools and families. Groups such as ECCO, Time for Three, the Dalí String Quartet, and the Chestnut Brass Quintet have engaged annually with over 300 students from schools across the Philadelphia region.


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Students sit on stage at the Perelman Theater as ECCO string players rehearse.

Concert Passes & Student Single Tickets

Our Unlimited Concert Passes provide access to our entire season for one low price, and individual student tickets are just $10 (call our Box Office at 215-569-8080 to purchase).

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Group Visits

Group visits introduce Philadelphians to live performances at the Kimmel Center and the American Philosophical Society. We welcome student and community groups to our concerts and work with group leaders to plan fun and artistically fulfilling visits to PCMS at an affordable price.

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The Society has opened up a world of meaningful music to my students." Philip Gingery, music teacher
Thank you for the field trip friendly pricing. That makes it so much easier to give my string students a first class musical experience." Thomas Jeske, instrumental music teacher
The opportunity to perform for these visiting artists and open a direct channel of communication to receive musical feedback and constructive advice has been invaluable. Their clear perspective on ensemble skills and deep exploration into the depths of the chamber music were most impactful to me and my colleagues." Simon Housner, grade 11
Teachers and staff have told me how wonderful the program was and that we had such an event here in the first place. Our school hasn't had something like this in a very long time. Our kids need to hear music and musicians like this!" Barry Sharp, music teacher