Explore & Learn

Welcome to our “Meet the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra” video series.

As part of the PSO’s ongoing Explore & Learn partnership with the Portsmouth Elementary Schools, this year we created a series of “pandemic friendly” videos introducing the different instruments of the orchestra.

Here our principal players share their love for their instruments and demonstrate the many cool sounds they can make. Meet one instrument from each “family of instruments” that make up an entire orchestra. We look forward to seeing you all in one of our Explore & Learn concerts for young music lovers!

First off we begin with our wonderful Music Director, John Page, without whom it all would be chaos!

Next comes the string instrument family: violin, viola, cello and double bass. Zoia, Autumn, Johnny and John show you their instruments. There are a lot of string players to make an orchestra special.

The woodwinds sit behind the strings and have many different sounds: flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, the coolest looking one of them all! Meet Aubrie, Sarah, John, and Melissa.

The shiny brass instrument section is also the loudest. The french horn, the trumpet, trombone, and tuba are demonstrated by Sue, Adam, Brandon, and Crystal. The brass is often used at very important moments in the music.

The beautiful harp is famous for its difficulty. It might be the most recognizable instrument on stage, but the harp is not used in every piece of music. You will fall in love when you hear the heavenly sound it makes. Piper has to remember which string is which!

Because there are so many different percussion instruments in the orchestra this video is the longest. Steve is having entirely too much fun making all sorts of sounds. I bet you can build your own percussion instruments at home. Enjoy listening to all sorts of pings, dings and whams.

I hope you are inspired to try out an instrument yourself. We musicians have a lot of fun, meet fabulous friends, and bring joy to people with our concerts. Come join us soon!

Best, your PSO musicians


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