The Hot Springs/ Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild

Where fine music is a way of life!

Our Education Mission

The Guild educational mission is to promote music education in the Greater Hot Springs area schools and to help students master their craft.  We have the programs listed below that address the need in different ways:

  • Children's Concert of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
  • In-school Music Workshops:  ASO String Quartets in classrooms and Orchestra and You.
  • College Scholarships for music majors/minors
  • ASO Youth Orchestra Scholarships
  • Summer Music Camp Scholarships
  • Mini grants to schools for Music Equipment and Supplies

Children's Concert of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra 

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents a Children’s Concert in the fall each year for elementary students in the greater Hot Springs area. In addition to the concert, written educational materials are available to enable the curriculum teachers to integrate the experience into their lesson plans. These materials are available in advance on our website so that teachers have adequate time to review the materials, determine the appropriate curriculum areas and work with other teachers to determine the appropriate timing for the different sections.

The concert is held at the Bank OZK Arena in Hot Spring.  Over 3000 students attend the concert each year from the following schools:  Cutter Morning Star, Fountain Lake, Jessieville, Hot Springs, Lake Hamilton, Lakeside, Mountain Pine, Seventh Day Adventist School, St John's Catholic School, and area home schooled students.

Our most recent Children's Concert was October 19, 2023 at the Bank OZK Arena in Hot Springs. Plans for our next concert are in progress. For complete concert information, please contact Martha Smither, Children's Concert Committee Chair, HS/HSV Symphony Guild, or call 501-922-2743.

In-school Music Workshops

The Guild underwrites the in-school programs for schools in Garland County so the programs are free to the schools.

The Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild works with the Rockefeller and Quapaw String Quartets from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to provide a variety of programs or ‘demos’ for students in the 3rd through 5th grades enabling them to experience the joy and excitement of ‘live’ performance.

Orchestra and You is a free program for students in Grade 2. This program introduces students to all the instruments of the orchestra through a “hands on” approach using colorful, acrylic, one dimensional, models while recorded, as well artist musicians demonstrate instruments sounds.

For complete information click here.

Student Scholarships and Music Equipment for Schools

The Guild has awarded over $80,000 in scholarships to support music education in the greater Hot Springs area.  Renewable and merit (one time) college scholarships are available to students enrolled in schools located in Garland County who will major in music or music education.  For complete information on how to apply for a scholarship, click here.

In addition to college scholarships, the Guild offers two scholarships for younger students enrolled in schools in Garland County.  The Guild offers partial scholarships to students who are members of one of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestras.  For information on how to become a member of one of the ASO Youth Orchestras, click here.  The Guild also offers partial scholarships to help area students attend summer music camps.  For complete information on how to obtain a music camp scholarship, please click here

The Guild will also provide small grants to area primary, elementary, and middle schools for music equipment and/or supplies for instructional purposes.  These funds augment funds provided by the school district.  For complete information, please click here.

For our current board contact list, click here.

The Hot Springs/ Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild is a  501c(3) non-profit charitable, education, and cultural organization.

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Postal address:  P.O. Box 8354, Hot Springs Village, AR 71910

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