Young People’s Concerts

Announcing 2020-2021 Virtual Young People’s Concerts

The San Antonio Symphony is thrilled to announce its first-ever rollout of “Virtual” Young People’s Concerts. The new, fully-online resources include professional video recordings of two Young People’s Concert programs (one in English AND Spanish!) in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Educators must register online in order to receive Young People’s Concert video links.  Click on the program thumbnails above to access the registration forms and additional program information.

This resource is available worldwide.  There will be no limit to the number of schools or classrooms that can register to receive the video links.  Schools and educators will have the flexibility to present the video material to students on the date and time of their choosing following receipt of the video links.

Young People’s Concert videos are supported by additional resources, including a Teacher’s Guide and interactive Google Slides for each program.  Please visit our Teachers’ Lounge page to view these resources and more.

We are also pleased to continue our partnership with the San Antonio Symphony League for the 47th Annual Paint to Music Contest.  Visit our Paint to Music Contest page to view all 2020-2021 winning artwork!

If you are not already on our email list but would like to be added to receive future announcements about Young People’s Concerts, please contact:

Jeremy Brimhall, Director of Education | (210) 554-1006 | brimhallj@sasymphony.org

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is a Presenting Partner for San Antonio Symphony Young People’s Concerts.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream photo by David Meriwether, MoreThanSnapshots.com. Beethoven and Nature painting by N.C. Wyeth.

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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