Young People’s Concerts

Announcing 2021-2022 Young People’s Concerts

Please see individual links for additional program information, concert times and venues, or check out our July 29 email newsletter.

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Presenting Partner

All concerts free-admission with prior reservation. 

Young People’s Concert 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. Prior reservation is required. Reservations are first come, first served, with preference given when possible to groups of the target grade levels and schools with Title I status.

Please check back for reservation links or verify that you are on the list to receive them via email by contacting Jeremy Brimhall, Director of Education at (210) 554-1006 or brimhallj@sasymphony.org.

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, capacity limits and other details related to the program and performances are subject to change.  For questions, please contact Jeremy Brimhall, contact information listed above.

See also our recorded Young People’s Concerts from 2021!

The San Antonio Symphony is proud to have one of the longest-running Young People’s Concert programs in the country. These 45-minute, school-day field trip performances have introduced area youth to live symphonic music since the 1940s. Programs are designed to align with state teaching objectives for the Fine Arts and a rotating core subject area. Along with teaching materials and docent presentations provided in advance, these unique, multi-sensory presentations combine engaging symphonic music, visual enhancements, guest artistry, interactive components, and carefully-planned lecture to create meaningful student experiences that frequently fill to capacity and consistently receive high ratings from participating educators.

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 the Symphony – and the community – to ignore.

Photos by David Meriwether, MoreThanSnapshots.com.

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