From its inception, AZ Phil has been committed to introducing children, young people and veterans unfamiliar with classical music to its performances. Drawing from the expertise of Henry and Maria Flurry, whose Chaparral Arts training program and Sticks and Tones interactive workshops teach children about music, AZ Phil has conducted workshops with youngsters in the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
In 2018, YBBS Bigs and Littles participated in a composing workshop to write a movie hero theme. The workshop was a hit with Littles, who learned elements of composition while having fun. They also made posters to illustrate their theme.
AZ Phil’s outreach has expanded to other groups, such as Boys to Men, and it is planning to work with the Central Yavapai Boys and Girls Club for the 2019-2020 season.