History/Mission/Vision

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School/Carter Center

Our mission is to enrich and transform Rhode Island and our region through great music performance and education.

Our vision is to be the national model for the 21st Century symphony orchestra, providing performances and education programs that are of exceptional quality and are relevant and accessible.

About Us

We teach all kinds of music. We offer a huge selection of education opportunities that include jazz, rock, folk, Caribbean, chamber music classes and large and small ensembles. We offer private lessons on over 30 instruments as well as voice. Our outstanding youth orchestra program and our wind ensembles, chamber music program and jazz ensembles are all remarkable. In 2011 we added a state-of-the art 18-station electronic keyboard lab which opens up new exciting opportunities for our students. Our students come from virtually every community in the state, nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Exceptional Faculty, Award Winning Programs

The Philharmonic Music School has over 70 dedicated teachers on our faculty, with degrees from some of the finest music schools in the world. We match students with the teacher that will best meet the student’s needs, personally and musically. The quality of our programs has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and the President’s Commission on the Arts & Humanities.

We have a rich history of music education. The Youth Orchestra programs began in 1956. Lessons, chamber music and jazz/rock/blues programs began in 1986 under the auspices of the independent “Music School,” which merged with the Philharmonic in 2000. We are a member of both the 230-school National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and the League of American Orchestras.

Community Programming

The Philharmonic Orchestra presents 4 education concerts at the VETS in April and we have several ensembles who perform at schools and community centers throughout the year. The Music School has built valuable Community Partnerships with schools, neighborhood centers and local housing and social service agencies, making it possible to bring music education to people throughout the state. We have a rich history of music education. The Youth Orchestra programs began in 1956. Lessons, chamber music and jazz/rock/blues programs began in 1986 under the auspices of the independent “Music School,” which merged with the Philharmonic in 2000. We are a member of both the 230-school National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and the League of American Orchestras.