Through its Symphony on the Road program the Augusta Symphony brings symphonic music to rural and/or impoverished neighboring communities for an intense two-day symphony experience, giving children and adults opportunities for cultural enrichment and personal growth through side-by-side rehearsals for young band students, in-school concerts for elementary through high school age students, and a free community concert. During the side-by-side rehearsal, the Symphony’s music director works with the local band director to assist him/her and symphony musicians provide students professional hands-on expertise by sitting next to them during rehearsal. The Symphony musicians are able to share their instrument knowledge while evaluating the students, giving them invaluable critique and lessons along the way. This method has proven to be an effective way of building confidence in student musicians and helping them excel and reach their potential in artistry. While members of the orchestra are on campus tutoring band students, they also entertain younger students performing in-school concerts of holiday favorites, classical mainstays, and modern masterpieces that engage children in new and exciting ways. For many young students, these concerts are their first introduction to live symphonic and classical music. For Symphony on the Road’s grand finale, Augusta Symphony hosts an easily accessible, free community concert for all county residents.
Over the years, this program has impacted communities such as Jefferson, Burke, McDuffie, and Lincoln counties in Georgia and Edgefield and Aiken counties in neighboring South Carolina.