Music In Our Schools

Sponsored Visiting Music Programs for Educational Institutions

Rolf Erdahl, bass and Carrie Vecchione, oboe

Rolf Erdahl, bass and Carrie Vecchione, oboe

Thursday Musical’s Music In Our Schools program offers sponsored visiting educational music programs for the classroom that serve to build future audiences and inspire young performers. 

Thursday Musical also partners with the Young Peoples Symphony Concert Association (YPSCA) to bring musicians into the schools to familiarize the students with the music and instruments they will hear prior to attending Minnesota Orchestra concerts. 


To schedule a free program and/or for additional information, please contact:

Lindsay Schlemmer
Coordinator, Music In Our Schools

Current Programs Offered

The Northern Lights String Quartet

Presented by Carolyn Liptak, Kathryn Christie, Stella Anderson, and David Holmes

Age: K-12th Grade

Instruments: violin, viola, cello


  • Introducing the String Quartet

  • Instrument Introduction and Exploration;

  • How Communication is an Essential Part of Making Music

  • Different Tones and Colors of Music

  • Different Musical Periods and their Composers

  • A Formal Recital

(Programs may also be tailored for specific requests.)

Pages of Music with Rolf and Carrie

Presented by Rolf Erdahl and Carrie Vecchione

Age: K-6th Grade

Instruments: oboe, bass

Programs offered:

  • K-2nd grade: Music is For Everybody!

  • 3-4th grade: Mozart the Boy Genius

  • 3-5th grade: The Carnival of the Animals

  • 4-6th grade: The Science of Music

  • 5-6th grade: The Remarkable Music Machine: An Introduction to the Orchestra

The OK Factor

Presented by Karla Colahan, violin and Olivia Diercks, cello

The OK Factor, MPR Class Notes Artists 2016-17  Karla Colahan, violin and Olivia Diercks, cello

The OK Factor, MPR Class Notes Artists 2016-17

Karla Colahan, violin and Olivia Diercks, cello

The OK Factor's educational outreach is a mix of what inspires them most: exciting string techniques, fun folk tunes, original music, and the stories from their experiences as musicians. They are passionate about creating an experience that will inspire and encourage students and communities to explore music – to cultivate a curiosity about its role in their lives. Their workshops are available for grades K-12.


Age: Grades K-6 & 6-12

Instruments: violin, cello

Programs Offered
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Meadowlark Quartet

Presented by Bacco Liu, violin; Cindy Min, violin; Chi-Chi Bestmann, viola; Lindsay Schlemmer, cello

Students learning from the Meadowlark Quartet.

Students learning from the Meadowlark Quartet.

The Meadowlark quartet offers a variety of classroom music education performances.  They strive to engage students not only in live performance, but also by creating personal interaction with the music and the quartet members.  Even if students are not musicians, the string quartet is a wonderful vehicle to illustrate musical conversation and teamwork in order to create a great musical experience.  They strive to work with each teacher to shape our presentation to best fit their classroom or program.  



Instruments: violin, viola, cello

Program support for Music In Our Schools is provided by The Cy and Paula DeCosse Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts, Young People’s Symphony Concert Association and individual donors.