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Just as painters use many colors in visual art, composers draw on an immense palette—all four instrument families’ huge range of instrumental colors. 

Guide to the Orchestra

See instruments in action, as demonstrated by Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

Explore instruments

About the Composers


Teacher Activities for Color of Music

Explore our concert guide designed for use in the classroom—including activities, flashcards, and more.

Download the Curriculum


Minnesota Orchestra

Maria Dively

American Sign Language interpreter

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Thomas* and Mary Lou Detwiler
Mary Ann Feldman Music Education Fund


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Enhance the Learning of Music

The generosity of Orchestra donors makes it possible for students, families and teachers to experience the magic of a Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concert.