Sensory Friendly Concerts


Sensory Friendly Concerts, a new program designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities, invites families with children ages 5–8 to enjoy small chamber works and participatory group songs in Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center. The concert experience includes instrument exploration before or after the show, a meet-and-greet with the featured musicians, and a 35-minute performance hosted by a board-certified music therapist. This year we will highlight a different social skill at each concert, and offer opportunities for families to connect with one another within and outside of the concert setting.

Other concert features include:

  • Flexible seating options, including sensory cushions and zones designated for sitting, standing and dancing
  • Comfortable lighting and lower volumes to accommodate visual and auditory sensitivities
  • Specially trained concert buddies available to greet families and guide them through the concert experience
  • Resources emailed to families before the event, including a social story, visual schedule, photos of performers and the venue, and recordings of the featured chamber works

The series includes three concerts in Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center on selected Saturdays or Sundays at 10am or 12 noon.*

*Performances do not include the Seattle Symphony.

Resources

The Seattle Symphony welcomes you to our upcoming Sensory Friendly Concert on November 12 & 13, at 10:00am and 12:00pm! Below, you will find more information that we hope will help you and your child feel prepared for the event. Please feel free to call or email me anytime if you have any questions or concerns leading up to the event.

VISUAL SUPPORTS & SOCIAL STORY

We understand that predictability can help to ensure a positive experience for you and your young audience members. To that end, please see below for printable supports that may be shared with your child:

Plan Your Visit

Location & Parking

The entrance to Soundbridge is located on the corner of Second Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle. The entrance to the 430-car underground garage under Benaroya Hall is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

Public Transportation

Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice), or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. For Community Transit, call 425.353.RIDE or 1.800.562.1375. For Sound Transit, call 1.888.889.6368 or 1.888.713.6030 (TTY). The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

Bus or Large Van Parking

Approach Benaroya Hall from the south on Third Avenue. Turn left at University Street and make sure to be over to the curb on the right in the downhill HOV lane (University Street traffic is one way coming up the hill against you). Pull as far forward as you can near Second Avenue, leaving 20 feet clearance between your bus and the crosswalk. If another bus is in front of you, please pull up close to the rear of that bus.

Contact Us

If you have questions or need more information about Sensory Friendly Concerts, please contact:

Kristin Schneider, Education & Community Engagement Manager

206.215.4750/ kristin.schneider@seattlesymphony.org

Katie Hovde, Education & Community Engagement Coordinator

206.336.6613 / katie.hovde@seattlesymphony.org

Sensory Friendly Concerts Events

Sensory Friendly Concerts Calendar

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