Young People’s Concerts

What are young people's concerts?

Young People’s Concerts, or “YPCs” as we like to call them, are performed for area third through eighth grade students every fall and winter, reaching approximately 24,000 students and teachers each year. These 40-minute programs feature the full Wichita Symphony Orchestra and often utilize actors or dancers to illustrate the program. For many students, these fun and educational concerts are their first experience with live symphonic music!

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2022-2023 Young People's concerts

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November 8-10, 2022: Gershwin's Magic Key

Classical Kids Live!
Kyle Dickson, conductor
Wichita Symphony Orchestra

The award-winning Classical Kids Live! returns to Wichita with their story about the famous American composer George Gershwin. Step into the streets of 1920s New York City, where a newspaper boy has a chance encounter with the famous composer George Gershwin. Together they explore the many sights and sounds of the city. As the orchestra magically weaves Gershwin's greatest hits into the drama, the master composer shares some of his musical inspiration and quickly learns that his new friend has musical talent, too. But can the boy find the magic key to unlock his musical potential? Find out at this inspiring story that includes vintage film of the Big Apples from the Roaring 20s.

January 24-26, 2023: Hear the Music. Write the Stories.

Barbara Scowcroft, conductor
Wichita Symphony Orchestra

What do you imagine when listening to music? Do you make up stories? What do you feel? In this delightful concert, students will experience a range of emotions and will be encouraged to create their own stories. There are no wrong answers, and the horizons are unlimited. The music is a romp through orchestral favorites that open the door to their world of orchestral music. Join us for this symphonic journey. Just bring your imagination!

How to Attend

Registration for the 2022-2023 Young People's Concerts is now open.

NEW THIS YEAR: Registration for the Fall and Spring YPCs are separate. If you plan to attend both concerts, please fill out the Fall AND Spring Registration forms linked below.

Register for YPCs

Registration for the Fall YPC has closed. Please email Nina Longhofer at with inquires.


Spring Registration: January 24-26

Registration deadline is Friday, December 2.

Cost to Attend

YPC Materials

General YPC Materials
Home Activities

If you are looking for activities or musically-themed lessons for children who are unexpectedly home from school, browse these resources that we send to teachers prior to our Young People's Concerts! These activities are ideal for elementary aged children.

More Information

For more information on In-Person and Virtual YPCs, please contact Nina Longhofer, Patron Services & Analytics Manager:

Patron Services & Analytics Manager | 316.267.5259 ext. 101
Wichita Symphony Orchestra
225 W Douglas Ave, Suite 207
Wichita, KS 67202

Old Cowtown Suite: A virtual young people's concert

Presented by the Wichita Symphony and Apples & Arrows, in partnership with Old Cowtown Museum


In fall of 2021, the Wichita Symphony premiered a piece by film composer George S. Clinton called Old Cowtown Suite. The piece, inspired by Wichita's own Old Cowtown Museum, was written specifically for the Wichita Symphony, and is a true love letter to the city and history of Wichita. Just as composer George S. Clinton was inspired by Cowtown, the Wichita Symphony was so inspired by this piece of music that they made it the centerpiece for their second Virtual Young People's Concert. The resulting film pairs video of the Wichita Symphony captured performing live in the Concert Hall with cinematic footage captured at Old Cowtown Museum and beyond. Watch as the players are transported back in time to the Chisholm Trail of the 1880s in this short film that's perfect for students and parents alike! 

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A Virtual Young People's Concert

Presented by the Wichita Symphony and Ion Concert Media
In partnership with the Wichita Public Schools

Young People's Concerts are made possible by the generous support of

Colin & Joan Bailey
Tom & Maggie Benefiel
Jackie & Hank Byars
The Sam & Rie Bloomfield Foundation
George S. Clinton
Lattner Family Foundation
Stev Overstreet
A. Scott & Carol Ritchie Fund
Colby Sandlian
The Stephen and Ann Starch Trust
Wichita Symphony Ambassadors
(formerly Women's Association of the Wichita Symphony)

The Wichita Symphony receives funding for general operational support from the

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