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A day of mini-lessons for 4th-6th grade aspiring musicians


COVID update: We were sorry to miss Honk Squeak Scratch Boom in 2021. Please stay tuned as we evaluate our education programming in 2022.

Honk Squeak Scratch Boom (HSSB) is for 4th-6th grade aspiring musicians. Participation is FREE and students receive hands-on mini-lessons from Rochester Symphony orchestra musicians while sampling a variety of string, wind, brass and percussion instruments. Each student has the opportunity to try at least ten different instruments of their choosing. HSSB is truly unique. Other orchestras sponsor instrument “petting zoos” where students can pick up instruments and attempt to play them, but at HSSB, professional musicians engage one-on-one with the participants to provide instruction.

Honk Squeak Scratch Boom is offered at no charge thanks to support from these sponsors:

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