Young People’s Concerts
All concerts free-admission with prior reservation. Transportation Assistance Funding available to public schools by district. Programs subject to change.
All programs are designed for students grades 3 – 5. Concerts are 50 minutes in length and take place at the
H-E-B Performance Hall of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts unless otherwise noted. Performance times on each concert day are 9:45 am and 11:10 am. Prior reservation is required. Reservations and seating are first come, first served, with preference given, where possible, to 3rd – 5th grade groups and schools with Title I status.
*Online reservations release dates 2019-2020:
Link Up: The Orchestra Moves – Wed., Sept. 4, 2019 at 7:00 AM – (for performances Apr. 14, 15 & 16, 2020)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, at 7:00 AM – (for performances Dec. 11, 18, 19 & 20, 2019)
Carnival of the Animals – Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, at 7:00 AM – (for performances Jan. 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2020)
Celebrating Women in Music – Wed., Sept. 25, 2019 at 7:00 AM – (for performances Feb. 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2020)
*For reservation links, please visit the individual concert program pages above on the indicated release dates. These are the dates and times that reservation links will go live and begin accepting reservations. Reservations can be made at any time after the release date; however, please be aware that concerts fill up quickly.
programs subject to change
The San Antonio Symphony’s school-day Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) have introduced over 1,000,000 area youth to live orchestral music since 1943. Thanks to our generous funders, this flagship of the Symphony’s education programs has grown to more fully support the efforts of educators in our community’s schools, with nearly 40,000 students attending annually. Programs align to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) teaching objectives for Fine Arts and a rotating core subject area, including Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts and Reading. Designed for students grades 3-5, YPCs engage children with interactive components as well as carefully planned and highly-educational programs of music and lecture. Free educational materials provided to teachers in advance of each program include a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide with built-in classroom activities and access to an online playlist of the concert music selections.
While the Symphony is all about helping people become acquainted with masterpieces of symphonic repertoire, the real reason for offering Young People’s Concerts has to do with the children themselves. A extensive and growing body of research has shown that arts opportunities and music learning in particular can have a tremendous impact on a child’s growth and development, including significant benefits in other academic subject areas. Therefore, one major goal of the YPC program is to inspire students in attendance to pick up an instrument of their own – especially those making their way into middle school, where they’ll hopefully have the opportunity to participate in band, orchestra or mariachi. While we know that not every student is going to become a professional Symphony musician, the documented benefits of learning to play a musical instrument are too profound for us – and the community – to ignore.