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!
Join Rosa on her exploration of nature and music as she's swept up in a garden dream. Learn about different orchestra instruments, flowers, and creatures of Botanica in this virtual Young People's Concert presented by the Wichita Symphony in partnership with Botanica, the Wichita Gardens.
Thank you to Amy Brown, Vocal Music Curriculum Coach at Wichita Public Schools for creating the above lesson plan which aligns with the Kansas State General Music Standards.
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Classical Kids Live!
Wichita Symphony Orchestra
Hoping to become the next great pop sensation, a young girl discovers her music teacher was the biggest star in 18th century France. In this time-bending musical adventure, Giselle learns about life’s triumphs and tragedies from the most accomplished man in Europe, Joseph Bologne Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges. This is a captivating story of of passion, dreams, legacy, and hope.
Andrew Crust, conductor
Wichita Symphony Orchestra
Sarah T. Murdoch is sure that M is for….Meh. There are ZERO Jellyfish at the Orchestra, and not a single dinosaur. Could music be its own adventure? In this delightful introduction to the symphony, Sarah explores the big questions: What is music for? Where does it come from? And is fancy-schmancy orchestra music really for everyone?
Registration for the 2023-2024 Young People's Concerts will open in July.
USD 259 and Wichita Private Schools
Schools outside of USD 259
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.
For more information on In-Person and Virtual YPCs, please email Micaela Heinrich-Arndt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Thank you to Amy Brown, Vocal Music Curriculum Coach at Wichita Public Schools for creating the above lesson plans which aligns with the Kansas State General Music Standards.
Sea Creatures takes you on a journey through the waters of Planet Earth, introducing you to various sea creatures through HD photos and videos of the animals, with music composed by Daniel Kallman depicting the creatures. The film features members of the Wichita Symphony performing the music, animated artwork that was created for this project by elementary school students of the Wichita Public Schools, and narration by Dr. Alicia Thompson, Superintendent of the Wichita Public Schools.
Colin & Joan Bailey
Tom & Maggie Benefiel
Jackie & Hank Byars
The Sam & Rie Bloomfield Foundation
George S. Clinton
Lattner Family Foundation
A. Scott & Carol Ritchie Fund
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