Education Concerts & Events

Education Concerts & Events

Young People's Concerts / TPS 4th Grade Concerts / Young Artist Competition / Hire an Ensemble / Young Musician Award / TSO Podcast

Young People's Concerts

The Toledo Symphony invites all students, parents, and teachers to experience music and learning at the beautiful Greek-inspired Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. These captivating, 40-minute, educational programs bring to life orchestral music of the highest quality. Step outside the walls of your classroom and open your student’s eyes and ears to a world of beauty that only live music can offer. Included with your purchase is a Teacher’s Guide that will help you prepare your students for the event.

NEW: TAPA Streaming

New this season, we are investing in a state-of-the-art, easy-to-use streaming platform, which brings OUR Young People’s Concerts to YOU.  Watch our performances where and when it fits your schedule!

For those desiring to visit the Peristyle in person, we do have a limited number of seats available for the concert. We will follow all government guidelines regarding capacity and social distancing. Therefore, only one concert will be offered on each Young People’s Concert day.

Themes for the 2020-2021 Young People’s Concerts

Music of the Great Lakes 

Thursday, November 12, 2020
Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 10:00 AM

The Great Lakes are an important natural resource which we often take for granted. The Lakes have dramatically impacted the social, economic and political history of our region, our country, and the entire continent. It’s not possible to cover the thousands of years of history in one concert, but our partner, the National Museum of the Great Lakes, is going to help us explore the mystery, and beauty of our Great Lakes.  

Featured composers include Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Debussy, and local contemporary American composers Gwyneth Walker and Evan Chambers.


Thursday, February 25, 2021
Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 10:00 AM

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…it’s…. the Toledo Symphony! We know that not all heroes wear capes; in our case, they wear concert black. Listen as your Toledo Symphony heroes bring the sounds of the big screen (and not so big screen) to you. Join as we explore the intersection between folklore and history with John Henry and William Tell, salute the real-life heroes of the Armed Forces, and use iconic music from Superhero movies to introduce your students to the orchestra.

Featured composers include Grieg, Copland, Williams, Elfman, and Anderson-Lopez.

Attending a Young People’s Concert

There are multiple ways to “attend” the Toledo Symphony YP Concerts. Pick the one that works the best for you and your group!

  • Family groups may attend live and in-person at the Peristyle. Tickets are $6 per student, and adult chaperones are free!
  • Watch from the comfort of your classroom: pause, stop, rewind, and watch as many times as you want!
  • The more passes you purchase, the lower your rate!

Your ticket price is the same whether attending online or in-person. Click here for your rate, based on the number of students attending.

Step 1: Reserve your tickets.

The reservation process is slightly different for each group. First, select who is attending:

Step 2: TSO reviews your purchase. Homeschool groups are charged immediately; traditional school groups will be invoiced via email.
Step 3: Once payment is received, you will be given access to the Teacher’s Guide via email.
Step 4: Before the concert, you will be given an access code to be used on our streaming site.
Step 5: Enjoy the show!

Toledo Public Schools 4th Grade Concert

The Fourth Grade Concerts are a substantial way in which the TSO partners with the Toledo Public Schools system, placing TSO in the opportune position of having a regular role in the curriculum of all children in Toledo Public Schools. These concerts introduce children to the instruments and music of the orchestra, as a means to excite and inspire fourth graders to take up an instrument in fifth grade.·  

Announcing the 2020 Toledo Symphony League’s Young Artist Competition

The purpose of the Toledo Symphony League’s Young Artist Competition is to foster the development of young musicians in Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan.

Students who will be 18 years of age or younger on October 15, 2020 and reside in the region served by the Toledo Symphony, may audition for the opportunity to perform a chamber piece with TSO musicians.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the 2020 Young Artist Competition (YAC) will take place via online submissions. The requirements remain like last year. However, the winner(s) will not be featured as a concerto soloist, but rather will actively rehearse and perform with TSO musicians in preparation for “Moving Soliloquies”, a Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet production at the Toledo Museum of Art. The cash award prize will be $1000.

For the recommended repertoire list, click here.

Applications and video links were due by 11:59 PM on October 15, 2020. Winners will be notified by November 2, 2020.

Hire Ensemble

Our professional musicians offer concerts designed to entertain as well as educate students of all levels. Enhance your curriculum with the magic of live music!

  • Customize the music to match your lessons

  • Each ensemble provides two concerts, each lasting 40 minutes

  • Only $250

Contact Kelly Hill Kretzer at 419.418.0014 or email to schedule your ensemble.

Announcing the Toledo Symphony’s Young Musician Award

The Toledo Symphony congratulates Loa Cho, recipient of the 2020 Toledo Symphony Young Musician Award.

Read the full press release HERE.

Click here to learn more about Loa Cho.

Toledo Symphony Podcast

Click here to listen to the Toledo Symphony podcast!

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra has events all year round. View our upcoming performance schedule now.

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