What is HEAR?

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s HEAR initiative is a portfolio of integrated activities that connects musicians and music with neighbors and neighborhoods collaborating with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. 

HEAR promotes Health and wellness, champions music Education, eliminates barriers to Accessing the orchestra, and maximizes impact in the community through Research throughout the Philadelphia region. 


HEAR - Health

HEAR heals our city through musical experiences that provide hope and inspiration for those experiencing trauma such as homelessness, incarceration, and health crises. 



HEAR transforms the lives of young Philadelphians through music, providing immersive educational experiences for K-12 students and developing the next generation of music-makers.



HEAR welcomes the entire community—including people of every age and from all walks of life—to engage actively with The Philadelphia Orchestra. There’s something for everyone!


Joe Conyers

HEAR engages in ongoing research to better understand and serve Philadelphia’s arts education ecosystem and to maximize the impact of its community initiative