The SC Philharmonic takes inaugural music in My Neighborhood program to Irmo, SC

March 4, 2024

Immersive outreach program takes free classical music experiences to schools, parks, hospitals, businesses and community centers

Music in My Neighborhood is a new immersive community program of the South Carolina Philharmonic, bringing a week of free ensemble performances, educational programs, and unique collaborations to a Midlands neighborhood every year. The SC Phil presents the inaugural Music in My Neighborhood program in the Town of Irmo, South Carolina, April 8 – 13, 2024. The program will culminate in a free full-orchestra concert at the Irmo Amphitheatre on April 13th at 3:00 PM. This project was supported by a Connected Communities Grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation and is also funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

While the SC Philharmonic is perhaps best known for its performances of live symphonic music on stage, members of the orchestra and staff work closely with local partners to develop inclusive educational outreach programs to fill the needs of the Midlands community. In concert with expanding the orchestra’s impact outside of the Koger Center, Music in My Neighborhood answers the call as one of the most ambitious community outreach programs devised by the organization in the 21st Century.

“The Music in My Neighborhood initiative centers around providing live music experiences in a variety of spaces for diverse audiences,” said Education and Community Outreach Director, Susan Cafferty. “The SC Phil believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy high-quality live music experiences; therefore, all the performances will be inclusive, accessible and free.”

“Supporting school districts, music teachers and music students is one of the foundational values of the SC Phil,” Cafferty continued. “During Music in My Neighborhood week, our musicians will visit schools both performing and engaging with students of all ages. The teachers are working with our organization to provide educational programs that will enhance and supplement classroom instruction.  These students are our future SC Phil musicians, audiences, board members and patrons.”

In concert with the organization’s dedication to deepening educational opportunities, the program is strategically designed to serve the community at large. “The South Carolina Philharmonic has been recognized locally, and has even presented nationally about our unwavering commitment to providing accessible programming for everyone,” said Executive Director Rhonda Hunsinger. “We take immense pride in remaining steadfast with our mission to enrich the lives of individuals across our community with the transformative power of symphonic music.”

Music In My Neighborhood boasts a full week of events that are free to the public, as well as programs that will be presented in the elementary, middle and high schools of Irmo, SC. Public events are as follows:


Healing Harmonies

Generations of Irmo

7142 Woodrow St, Irmo, SC 29063

2:00 – 3:00 PM

String Quartet

Musical Storytelling with the SC Philharmonic: Peter and the Wolf

Lexington County Library: Irmo Branch Library

6251 St Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC 29212

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Small Orchestra (15 musicians)



Chamber Chats

Young’s Chapel AME Church

7336 Carlisle St., Irmo, SC 29063

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

String Quartet

Chamber at the Chamber

Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce

1235 Columbia Ave, Irmo, SC 29063

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Brass Quintet and Percussion



Classical Coffee

Loveland Coffee

7475 Carlisle St, Irmo, SC 29063

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Flute & Harp Duo

Healing Harmonies

Harbison Shores

990 Columbia Ave, Irmo, SC 29063

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Flute & Harp Duo

An Evening with the SC Philharmonic

Lexington County Library: Irmo Branch Library

6251 St Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC 29212

6:00 – 7:00 PM

String Quartet



Chamber Chats

St. Simon and St. Jude Episcopal Church

1110 Kinley Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Woodwind Trio

Beethoven & Brews

Craft and Draft

7583 St Andrews Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Percussion Ensemble


FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2024

Conduct the Phil

Columbiana Centre

100 Columbiana Cir, Columbia, SC 29212

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Small Orchestra (12 musicians)

Healing Harmonies

Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital

400 Palmetto Health Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29212

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Woodwind Trio



Music in My Park

Irmo Amphitheater

7507 Eastview Dr, Irmo, SC 29063

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Full orchestra (55 musicians) with Music Director, Morihiko Nakahara


South Carolina Philharmonic Mission

The South Carolina Philharmonic is committed to performing live symphonic music and providing dynamic educational opportunities in the Midlands. We carry forward a legacy of passion for the music and embrace our responsibility to be a vibrant part of the cultural fabric of our diverse community.

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