Class Act

The Seattle Symphony offers a variety of concerts and programs that help teachers and students to build a strong arts vocabulary, respond to the arts, understand the relationship of music to science and the humanities, and learn more about the world of work created through the arts. All programs are designed to align with the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements [EALRs].

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Concert Opportunities

Programs for Grades K–5

Programs for Grades 6 & Up

Programs for Teachers

Friday Matinees

Enjoy full-length concerts, plus a free, 30-minute Behind the Music concert preview especially designed for student audiences (one hour prior to all performances). Teachers! Clock hours are available with Behind the Music attendance.

All concert performances begin at 12 noon. School groups receive special discount. See below for more information and how to order tickets.

Tickets are $8 per student with one free adult ticket per 10 students. Advance orders only. Friday Matinees School Program fee ($75) required. To order tickets, contact our Group Sales Manager at 206.215.4818 or groupsales@seattlesymphony.org.

Subject to availability. Restrictions apply. Programs subject to change.

October 18, 2013
Mozart’s Symphony No. 29
Mozart: Divertimento for Strings in D major
Dittersdorf: Sinfonia concertante for Double Bass and Viola
Mozart: Exsultate jubilate, K. 65
Mozart: Symphony No. 29

November 15, 2013
Morlot Conducts Beethoven’s “Pastoral”
Sibelius: Tapiola
Pascal Dusapin: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral“

March 14, 2014
Mozart's "Prague" Symphony
Dvořák: The Noonday Witch
Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2
Mozart: Symphony No. 38, “Prague”

April 18, 2014
Rachmaninov's Second Symphony
James MacMillan: The Death of Oscar
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

Seattle Symphony

As the new face of the Seattle Symphony's Arts in Education school day concerts, Link Up: Seattle Symphony, a program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, pairs teaching artists with students to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum. Students sing and play recorder from their seats along with the Seattle Symphony.

During the 2013–2014 season, Link Up: Seattle Symphony concerts will feature The Orchestra Sings curriculum, which explores melody in a range of colorful orchestral repertoire including: Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," Dvořák's "Going Home" melody from Symphony No. 9, and Copland's "I Bought Me a Cat."

For more information, visit seattlesymphony.org/linkup

To request a Link Up brochure, email education@seattlesymphony.org

Link Up concerts take place on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 10:30am & 12:15pm; Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 10:30am & 12:15pm; and Friday, February 28, 2014, at 10:30am & 12:15pm.

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Open Rehearsals

Designed for Secondary School Students

Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot will speak directly to students about the rehearsal process. Bring your secondary school music students to these open rehearsals to learn about what to listen for during the rehearsal and how to better interpret the music. All rehearsals are in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall from 9:30 to 11:45am (EALRs 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 3.3, 4.5).

Fee: $2 per student; chaperones are free. The Seattle Symphony does not cover transportation costs.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

For more information, contact education@seattlesymphony.org or call 206.336.6650.

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The Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop

Free for Pre-College Students

This workshop is a 12-week series of two-hour classes. Designed for pre-college musicians, the workshop allows students to work on all aspects of composing, including writing themes, learning orchestration and preparing a final score with parts (EALRs 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3). Classes meet on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30pm in Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center. The program begins in January and culminates on Friday, May 9, 2014, with a world premiere chamber concert featuring new works by these young composers. All pieces are performed by Seattle Symphony musicians.

Download an application here.

For more information, please contact education@seattlesymphony.org or call 206.336.6650.

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Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

Seattle Symphony Masterworks Season Concerts for Clock Hours
Attend a Masterworks Season concert with a Pre-concert Talk one hour before the performance for three clock hours through the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA). Sign-in and registration information available at the Head Usher Station. Tickets from $17. For tickets, call the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at 206.215.4747 or order online at www.seattlesymphony.org.

15% Educator Discount! Simply say that you are a teacher when you call or visit our Ticket Office and you will receive a 15% discount on tickets to most Seattle Symphony performances, whether you are seeking clock hours or just want to enjoy a great concert.

Subject to availability. Restrictions apply. No adjustment for previous purchases

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