Young People’s Concerts

Announcing 2020-2021 Virtual Young People’s Concerts

The San Antonio Symphony is thrilled to announce planning for its first-ever rollout of “Virtual” Young People’s Concerts. The new, fully-online resource will include professional video recordings of two Young People’s Concerts in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Current planning is for the videos to be created in early 2021 and to be made freely available to educators in the mid to late spring 2021.

Educators will need to register online to receive the links to video resources.  The registration links are now available on the individual program pages linked above!  There will be no limit to the number of schools or classrooms that can register to receive the resource 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 in the spring.

Both Young People’s Concert videos are supported by additional resources, including a Teacher’s Guide and interactive Google Slides.  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, with the new accommodation this year that artwork can be submitted in person OR electronically.  Click on the images above for additional program information.

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.

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.

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