Young People’s Concerts

Young People’s Concerts, or “YPCs” as we like to call them, are performed for more than 10,000 area third through eighth grade students every fall and spring. These 40-minute programs feature the full Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and often utilize actors or dancers to fully illustrate the program. For many students, these fun and educational concerts represent their first exposure to live symphonic music.

2013-2014 SCHEDULE

The 2013-2014 Young People’s Concerts will be held:

January 28-30, 2014: Cirque de la Symphonie

Ringmaster Daniel Hege brings the center ring to Century II Concert Hall with some of the world’s foremost circus artists.  Contortionists, jugglers, and more display their amazing talents all to the sounds of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.  Be prepared to ooh and ahh at our concert under the big top!

Concerts are held at 9:45 am and 10:50 am each concert day. Ticket prices are $8 and $10.

This very special opportunity for students to experience the glorious sound of the Orchestra and the artistry of Cirque de la Symphonie was made possible by the following sponsors.

The Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation
The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation
The Lattner Family Foundation
Bank of America
Cox Communications
Robert and Gwen Tyler
Westar Energy Foundation
Winfield Consumer Products


Introduction to the Wichita Symphony
Music Director and Conductor Daniel Hege
Guest Conductor Jay Decker
Wichita Symphony Personnel
Spring Concert Program
Composer Biographies
Play a Game
Festive Overture Dynamics Worksheet
Spring Concert Listening Maps
Teacher Resources
Concert Etiquette
The Orchestra
Orchestra Worksheets
Instrument Worksheets
Curriculum Connections
Additional Activities
Internet Resources

Our many thanks to the Wichita Public School teachers who have prepared the materials:

Ellen Barker, Bostic Traditional Magnet
Heather Fusilier, Dodge Literacy Magnet
Lara Williams, Cessna Elementary



Students register through their schools in early fall for both concerts. The cost for both concerts is $7 for students whose schools arrange their own transportation and $9 for students who ride buses arranged by the Wichita Symphony. Once registered, teachers receive instructional packets to utilize in preparing students for each program.

For more information, email YPC Coordinators:

  1. Anne Marie Brown
  2. Linda Johnson

at the Symphony, or call them at (316) 267-5259.


Children receive their first introduction to the WSO in the form of Kinderconcerts. Members of the Wichita Symphony’s Graduate String Quartet perform free in-school concerts at every public elementary school in Wichita each year.

The programs are geared for Kindergarten through the second grade, and introduce students to classical music in a fun manner to illustrate the basics of music – melody, rhythm, etc. – using an entertaining story that appeals to children.

These programs are underwritten by the Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation.