For children under 10, Stamford Symphony offers a variety of programs exploring the families of musical instruments, where kids can hear, touch and learn about the instruments and join in mini-interactive concerts fashioned for young children. Programs are free with admission to Stepping Stones Museum. To purchase tickets for Stepping Stones Museum, click here.
Through this fundraising program, schools sell tickets to Stamford Symphony concerts and use the proceeds to fund arts programs in their school. For more information click here.
Young people are always special guests at the Stamford Symphony. Tickets for the Stamford Symphony's Sunday afternoon Orchestra Classics concerts are free for anyone under 18, one ticket per accompanying adult. Kids come FREE tickets may be purchased from the Palace Theatre box office in person or by phone at 203.325.4466. Sorry, it is not possible to order Kids Come FREE tickets online.
On Sundays, join us for MusiKids, our 2:00 pm, pre-concert program designed to prepare young concertgoers, 7-12 years old, for what they will experience at the concert that day. Our talented and enthusiastic music educator presents an interactive, informative session; the soloist of the day visits. Specially-designed instructive and entertaining MusiKids Program Books are distributed. We help children make connections to enhance their understanding of the forthcoming concert, make music more meaningful, and have lots of fun! For more information, click here. And remember, Kids Come FREE on Sundays!
The Orchestra Sings is a yearlong, hands-on music curriculum about orchestral repertoire that culminates in a live interactive performance with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra and the entire Stamford Public School’s 3rd grade. Carnegie Hall’s WMI provides professional development and teacher guidebooks. Specific concepts taught to students include rhythm, melody, tempo, orchestration and composition as they learn how to play the recorder. Teachers guide students in exploring music through a composer’s lens, with students participating in music making, performing repertoire on a recorder, voice or body percussion as well as creating music compositions inspired by orchestral music they have studied.
Each spring, the Stamford Symphony invites all fourth and fifth graders in the Stamford Public Schools to a curriculum-based concert, The American Experience. These special performances have been created to align with the Social Studies standards for American History, in an effort to illustrate these concepts through music.
To enhance the music curriculum of elementary and middle schools, the Stamford Symphony's Composer Project provides specially-designed educational materials and posters about famous classical composers. For more information contact our Education Manager at MusicEd@stamfordsymphony.org.
Residencies and Interactive Performance Workshops bring Stamford Symphony musicians into elementary schools to work with students and provide interactive performances for students. To organize a residency or workshop at your school, contact our Education Manager at MusicEd@stamfordsymphony.org
Middle and high school music students are encouraged to attend our free, Saturday rehearsals at 2:30 pm at Stamford's Palace Theatre on Orchestra Classics concert weekends. Groups of students will have an opportunity to meet Music Director Eckart Preu, members of the orchestra, and the guest soloist. To make reservations, contact the Education Manager at MusicEd@stamfordsymphony.org
The Stamford Symphony provides complimentary tickets to its Saturday evening Orchestra Classics concerts to middle and high school students who are active participants in their school's orchestra and are recognized for their efforts by their school's orchestra director. For more information, contact the Education Manager at MusicEd@stamfordsymphony.org
Ongoing mentoring partnership with the HARTT School of Music includes Master class opportunities with world renowned musicians as well as training for exceptional students who receive the opportunity to learn by performing with the orchestra.
Before each Orchestra Classics concert, older children and adults are invited to come early to the Palace Theatre to hear Maestro Eckart Preu's free Behind the Baton pre-concert talk featuring musical highlights of the pieces, stories about the composers and interesting historical tidbits. Behind the Baton begins one hour before each concert (7:00 pm on Saturdays and 2:00 pm on Sundays) and is open to all ticketholders.