Education & Outreach

To provide high-quality musical experiences to a broad spectrum of the Austin community and surrounding areas.


Education & Outreach

To provide high-quality musical experiences to a broad spectrum of the Austin community and surrounding areas.


Interested in the ACO? There are many different opportunities to get involved and support our mission. Find out more today!

To learn more about our education and outreach programs, take a look at some of what we offer below.

The ACO has a number of youth outreach programs. The ACO hosts the annual Amster Chamber Music program, which spotlights exceptional young musicians from the central Texas area. In 2010 and 2012, the orchestra and the Austin Symphonic Band provided free admission for local primary and secondary students to their joint concert in the Dell Hall at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Since the 2013-2014 season, the Austin Civic Orchestra has provided free admission to children 18 and younger.

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  • For our fourth Paint to Music contest, we invite students to create a work of art at home or in a classroom setting while listening to the La Création du monde by Darius Milhaud.
  • All entries will be digitally submitted to a Google folder made available to the teacher or parent.
  • The submitted artwork will be arranged and presented in a streamed digital art show on Saturday, March 20, 2021 on the ACO’s Facebook page, our website, and the ACO’s YouTube channel.  The shows will be available for viewing at 7:30 pm and after.
  • For schools and programs that require a permission form for their students to participate, use this link to access the form.


  • The ACO Paint to Music Art Show is open to all students in grades 3 through 12 attending any school in the city and surrounding areas of Austin. 
  • This includes students that are in public schools, public charter schools, private, parochial schools, and home school.
  • The art and music teachers facilitate the artwork creation and submission.



  • The deadline for electronic submission entry is Friday, February 12, 2021.  Earlier submissions are welcomed.
  • The video will be streamed on  Saturday, March 20, 2021 beginning at 7:30 p.m.




  • Students are to create original artwork while listening to a recording of Le Création de Monde.
  • Paint, crayon, marker, collage, assemblage, chalk or pastels (sprayed with fixative) can be used.
  • Teachers may refer to these notes for background information on the music selection.
  • Students should be encouraged to fill out the whole page or canvas. Because the artwork will be photographed, very light coloring or uncolored or blank areas should be avoided as these don’t present well in a digital art show.
  • Only one entry per student will be allowed. 
  • To submit entries, email to request a folder to be created for you to upload the artwork or supply the link to the student or parent to upload.
  • Each school will have a folder identified by district and school name. Digital copies of the artwork should be copied to this folder.
  • Please identify each individual art entry with the student’s first name, last initial, and grade.


The purpose of this Paint to Music contest is to encourage our youth to explore the language of music and the role that classical music can play in enhancing creative expression through art.


Contact Amy Crandell, the ACO Education Director, at or 512-970-4882.


The annual Amster Chamber Music Program provides young musicians, eighteen years of age or less, from Austin and the surrounding area the opportunity to make music in a chamber ensemble and with the ACO.  Competition prizes include college scholarships and the opportunity to perform at Austin Civic Orchestra concerts in the spring.