The E. Lee Ronnel Music Academy expands the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s capacity to reach and serve Arkansas children and adults through programming that includes the ASO Youth Ensembles, the ASO String Academy, Summer Strings Camp, ASO Community Orchestra, the annual Children’s Concert and other programs.

ASO Music education programs are designed to develop confidence, creative thinking and a strong work ethic that will enhance students' musical endeavors and life skills. The E. Lee Ronnel Music Academy also supports the development of future music engagement programs in the Stella Boyle Smith Music Center such as adult music classes, bucket band, children’s choir and more.

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Youth Programs

The ASO’s youth programs are designed to encourage and ultimately provide opportunities for children to actively participate in music making.

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Stella Boyle Smith Young Artist Competition

A statewide talent competition for young musicians between the ages of 12 and 18, performing music on piano, strings, woodwinds and brass.

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Find a Teacher

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra can make it easier to find a teacher for music students of all ages.

Quartet Demos

For Educators

Book quartet demonstrations, a Violin in Your School program or introduce children to all the instruments in a symphony orchestra.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Community Orchestra

The orchestra (ASOCO) provides a once-a-week musical experience in a positive and nurturing environment for amateur musicians. All experience levels are welcome and no auditions are required.