Cleveland Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Music Study Groups

Cleveland Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Music Study Groups

The 2014-15 Music Study Groups will begin on September 30, October 1, and 2 at convenient community locations throughout the Greater Cleveland area. The lectures cover music from the Severance Hall subscription season of Cleveland Orchestra concerts. The series is organized into three parts so that registrants may choose a length that best fits their schedule - selecting from fall, winter, and/or spring.

FALL: September 30 - November 13

WINTER: January 6 - March 12

SPRING: April 7 - May 21



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

Please note the following address change as of December 2014:

31975 Chagrin Boulevard, Pepper Pike
Thursdays, 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Fall, Winter, & Spring

2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Fall, Winter, & Spring

2747 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Fall Only


Special services for persons with vision loss 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 two locations - Heights Library and Fairview Park Library. Learn more.


Music Study Group classes explore music from the Orchestra's upcoming subscription 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.


Music Study Groups are presented by The Cleveland Orchestra in partnership with Cuyahoga County Public Library (at four of their branches) and in partnership with Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library and St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Cleveland Heights, with additional support from the Women's Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra.

The Cleveland Orchestra's partnership with Cuyahoga County Public Library extends to other Orchestra programs presented at their library branches, including Musical Rainbows on the Road for preschoolers, chamber music concerts by Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra members, and interactive hands-on Family Workshops (leading up to the Orchestra's annual Public Square summer concert), where young people explore orchestral instruments, practice singing the National Anthem, and learn more about the music featured on the Public Square concert.


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. Rose Breckenridge serves as the regular concert preview speaker for The Cleveland Orchestra's Friday Matinee concert series and other select Cleveland Orchestra concerts at Severance Hall.

View Armond Budish's interview of Rose Breckenridge about the Music Study Groups on WKYC-TV3's "Golden Opportunities" at by clicking here.


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 2014-15 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 or by clicking here. 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 & 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, contact Education and Community Programs at 216-231-7355, or visit

Pictured: Music Study Group participants with lecturer Rose Breckenridge. Photos by Roger Mastroianni.