The Cleveland Orchestra announces 2013-14 Music Study Groups

8/26/2013, 8:41 p.m.
The 2013-14 Music Study Groups will begin on September 17, 18, and 19 at convenient community locations throughout the Greater ...

The 2013-14 Music Study Groups will begin on September 17, 18, and 19 at convenient community locations throughout the Greater Cleveland area. The series covers music from The Cleveland Orchestra’s subscription season at Severance Hall, and is organized into flexible parts, allowing registrants to choose a length that best fits their schedule — selecting from fall, winter, and/or spring classes.

FALL: September 17 – November 21

WINTER: January 7 – March 6

SPRING: March 25 – May 15


Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library

2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Fall, Winter, & Spring

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

2747 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights

Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Fall Only

Cuyahoga County Public Library

Beachwood Branch

25501 Shaker Boulevard, Beachwood

Tuesdays, 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Fall, Winter, & Spring

Brecksville Branch

9089 Brecksville Road, Brecksville

Wednesdays, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

Fall Only

Fairview Park Branch

21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park

Wednesdays, 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Fall & Spring

Orange Branch

31300 Chagrin Boulevard, Pepper Pike

Thursdays, 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Fall, Winter, & Spring


are offered at all locations, supported by Cleveland Sight Center and The Cleveland Orchestra’s Alice H. Cull Memorial Fund, with volunteer sighted-guides at Heights Library and Fairview Park Library.


Music Study Group classes explore music from the Orchestra’s upcoming concerts through lively presentations and listening activities. Participants, ranging from beginners to seasoned listeners, learn about the lives and musical styles of composers in addition to the cultural and historical context of the music, while also developing keen listening skills.

The series is presented by The Cleveland Orchestra in partnership with the above community organizations and with additional support from the Women’s Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra.


Music Study Groups are led by lecturer Rose Breckenridge, who earned her Ph.D. in music from Case Western Reserve University. In addition to her Music Study Group presentations, Dr. Breckenridge serves as the regular concert preview speaker for The Cleveland Orchestra’s Friday Morning Concert Series and other select Cleveland Orchestra concerts at Severance Hall.

View Armond Budish’s interview with Rose Breckenridge about the Music Study Groups on WKYC-TV3’s “Golden Opportunities” at clevelandorchestra.com


The course fee is $100 for a full-series Music Study Group; $80 for any two-part combination of fall, winter, or spring; and $50 for any one part. Some sites do not offer a full series, but registrants can extend their series at another location. Fees include the 2013-14 Listening Guide, a spiral-bound book of program notes and musical themes from featured compositions.

Registration is easy and convenient. Mail-in registration brochures are available at all Music Study Group locations, Severance Hall information racks, and online at clevelandorchestra.com. People can also phone their registration with credit card payment to Education and Community Programs at Severance Hall at: 216-231-7355.

Mail-in registrations with payment by check or credit card can be sent to:

Cleveland Orchestra Music Study Groups

Department of Education and Community Programs

Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44106-1796

Cleveland Orchestra Music Study Groups for adults are part of a broad array of educational programs designed to foster a love of music and a lifetime of participation in the musical arts, and to provide greater access to orchestral music for the people of Northeast Ohio.

For more information about The Cleveland Orchestra’s other educational opportunities, please contact Education and Community Programs at 216-231-7355, or visit clevelandorchestra.com.opportunities, please contact Education and Community Programs at 216-231-7355, or visit clevelandorchestra.com.