At the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, we believe in lifelong learning and community which is why we provide conversations and Q&As with our classical concerts. We also offer opportunities to get hands on with music including classes and lessons offered by our community music school. Learn more below and on our Community Music School Website.


Our Pre-Concert Conversations are free interactive lectures meant to introduce you to each concert’s featured music. Dr. Jonathan Bruce Brown, JSO Composer in Residence, leads a lively and informative talk while often being joined by Maestro Aubin and that evening’s guest artists.

  • Pre-Concert Conversations take place at 6:30 pm preceding our Saturday Signature Series concerts for all JSO ticket holders.
  • Pre-Concert Conversations are located in the hall where the performance is occurring, either at Weatherwax Hall or the Music Hall at the Potter Center. Entry at the Potter Center is either through the side door south of the main entrance, noted by a sign as you approach the building, or through the main hall entrance through the main lobby at the Potter Center.


For Amateur Adult Musicians to practice, play, and perform in a group setting. Community Strings is currently on hold with plans to resume in the new future. If you’re interested in joining and would like to be informed when rehearsals are active again, please email

  • Rehearsals Bi-Weekly Mondays 7 – 9 PM at Weatherwax Hall
  • 2 – 3 Performances per year
  • Register by contacting the our office
  • Directed by Clyde McKaney, violinist for the JSO. Clyde has enjoyed teaching at the JSO’s music school since its founding in 1992.