Mission & Philosophy
The Children's Orchestra Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to "teaching the language of music" to children and teens. COS's mission is to cultivate and nurture children and teach them teamwork and life skills through music-learning and performing in orchestral and chamber music settings. COS provides excellent training in classical music and gives its members performing opportunities in concerts with their peers as well as with well-established musicians.
Unique to COS is its child-centered approach to teaching. COS believes in a child's innate capacity to learn and develop their musical talent to the highest level when nurtured in a friendly, supportive and cooperative environment. The purpose at COS is not to produce professional musicians, but to instill each member with the invaluable experience and individual benefits of music making by:
- fostering a supportive learning environment
- creating performing opportunities
- providing role models and a bridge to the professional world through master classes and performance collaborations with eminent musicians
- enriching and involving the community through performances for civic and cultural groups
COS is also committed to keeping its programs accessible to the broadest range of families. While acceptance is on the basis of an audition, COS accepts students of various levels and offers a wide range of programs suitable for students from beginners to the most gifted. Fees are kept far below the actual costs of operation, and scholarships are available for exceptional young musicians needing financial assistance.