2020 brought us some new experiences, including your first at-home ISO concert!

Cookie Concert 2.0
Section Showdown

While we’re all safe at home, the ISO’s musicians decided to make you a concert that you could enjoy in your home with your family. Each section of the orchestra recorded a special video that shows just how amazing their instruments are, and Publix even sent us a cookie recipe that you can make at home!

Dancing Sprinkles

Energy + Soundwaves

Kitchen Pantry Cookies

a Publix Aprons Recipe

DIY Oboe

An Oboe from a Drinking Straw!

Pasta Box Violin

Make a violin to help you practice

Library Fun!

Below are a few titles found in Polk County Library Cooperative (PCLC) libraries. [Learn Music Through Coloring Birds is not in the PCLC library system; it is an indie published book available through the link provided.]

Music : the sound of science

by Albertson, Margaret E [ISBN: 9781641564632]

Learn how STEAM subjects are involved in making music. Includes experiments, activities and other resources. Reading Level: 4-8.

Learn Music Through Coloring Birds: Notes, Rests, and Meter

by Bond, Angela and Bond, Richard [ISBN: 978-0-9884154-4-7 | ISBN PDF Download: 978-0-9884154-5-4]


Learn Music Through Coloring is a teaching resource for elementary (grades 3 – 5) music students with 26 rhythm music lessons. It covers difficult concepts like ties, sixteenth notes, and rests which are broken down into fun coloring. It teaches music across disciplines combining music, art, science, math, and language arts.

Sound experiments in your own music lab

by Gardner, Robert. [ISBN: 9780766069602]

Ever wonder how flutes, harps, guitars, pianos, or drums produce sound? Find out by building your own musical instruments! Using supplies and tools that are easy to find, you can experiment with frequency, vibration, harmonics, and more- all with homemade instruments. Follow the suggestions for expanding the ideas to develop your own unique science fair project!

The science of sound & music

by Levine, Shar [ISBN: 9780806971834]

It’s music to your ears–but why does one instrument make a different sound than another? What separates music from noise? Why can we physically feel the beat of a big, bass drum in our bodies? And, how do we hear tone and rhythm? Uncovering the answers to these questions is a symphony of fun, and an entertaining way to understand physics and math! Each of these safe and “sound” experiments–delightfully illustrated with lively, colorful pages filled to bursting with photographs, drawings, and cartoons–uses ordinary materials to teach fabulous facts about the bangs, slaps, whistles, claps, and harmonies in our world. Study sound waves; play with changes in pitch; confuse the brain into thinking you’re hearing something when you’re not; and test out your vocal chords. Entertaining to look at and enjoyable to do! Grades 4 – 6.

Who’s in the Video?


Whitney Robles, Principal Flute
Tina Edelstein, Piccolo
Jennifer Stahl, Principal Oboe (and video coordinator)
Dawn Hardy, English Horn
George Linakis, Principal Clarinet
Ian McIntyre, Clarinet
Dr. June Hammond, Principal Bassoon
John Iskra, Bassoon


Nina Kim, Concertmaster
Alvaro Pereiro, Associate Concertmaster
Josh Dampier, Violin
Konstantin Dimitrov, Violin
Dr. Rafael Ramirez, Principal Viola
Lorenzo Sanchez-Gatt, Viola
Michael Sedloff, Cello
Matthew Davis, Cello
Holly Cordero, Bass (and video coordinator)


Matt Tavera, Principal French Horn
Joseph Ryan Morrison, French Horn
Klae Peek, French Horn
Jane Sholine, French Horn
Trey Moore, Principal Trumpet (video coordinator and overall video editor)
Kyle Lanier, Trumpet
Mark Huntington, Trumpet
Kaylea “Buggy” Bowden, Principal and Second Trombone
Craig Sotolongo, Trombone
Joseph Alvarez, Principal Tuba


John Wallace, Principal Percussion (and video coordinator)
Mirna Pehar
David Mitchell