Open Rehearsals

Band and Orchestra Classes – Grades 6–12

The Seattle Symphony’s Open Rehearsals offer students and teachers a rare behind-the-scenes look at how a professional orchestra prepares for a concert. This season Associate Conductor Pablo Rus Broseta and the Seattle Symphony Baroque series conductor Dmitry Sinkovsky will guide students through these interactive rehearsals.

Open Rehearsals invite students and teachers to sit onstage with the musicians and investigate the choices that composers, conductors and individual musicians make to bring the notes on the page to life. Students will have the opportunity to ask the orchestra questions and learn basic conducting principles. This program is best suited for classes with a working knowledge of musical terminology and some performance experience.

To accommodate both musicians and students onstage, Open Rehearsal attendance will be capped at 70–100 participants.


All rehearsals are in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall from 10–11:30am.

Rehearsal Dates Repertoire
October 25, 2017 Vivaldi and the Baroque Period
January 10, 2018 Symphony No. 39 - Mozart
Fees & Requirements

Fee: $2 per student. Teachers and other school employees are complimentary.

One chaperone is required for every 10 students; chaperones are not charged. The cost is $10 per additional chaperone beyond the 10 to 1 student-chaperone ratio.

Payment Options

Full payment is due by the event date. The Seattle Symphony accepts Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, checks made out to Seattle Symphony, or purchase orders. To make your payment, you may call the number below with credit card information, or send a purchase order or check to the mailing address or email below. Please note that we cannot accept payments at the event.

Attn: Education & Community Engagement Department
Seattle Symphony
P.O. Box 21906
Seattle, WA 98111

Plan Your Visit

Getting to Benaroya Hall

  • Bussing instructions will be posted and sent to your school before the event.
  • For those traveling by car, parking is available below Benaroya Hall. Please note that we are unable to provide validation or discounted parking for school workshops. More information.
  • The Light Rail and many metro buses also provide service to and from Benaroya Hall. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice), 206.684.1739 (TDD) or visit Metro online. For Community Transit, call 425.353.RIDE or 1.800.562.1375. For Sound Transit, call1.888.889.6368 or 1.888.713.6030 (TTY).

What To Do When You Arrive

Ushers and other staff will direct you to the correct entrance to Benaroya Hall and the Grand Lobby. Once inside, proceed to the School Check-In Desk outside the Grand Lobby doors, where you will remit your school ticket and report your total number of students, teachers and parent chaperones, and whether all buses have arrived. After checking in, an usher or volunteer will escort your group to your assigned seats.

What To Wear

We do not have a dress code — please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Where To Eat Lunch

Due to the high number of students who will attend each Open Rehearsal, we are unable to allow school groups to eat lunches or snacks onsite at Benaroya Hall. However, if you need to eat before re-boarding your bus, we can recommend a few outdoor areas near Benaroya Hall:

Contact Us

If you have questions or need more information about Open Rehearsals, please contact the Education & Community Engagement Department at: / 206.336.6613

Programs for Preschool

Effective September 1, 2016, we will no longer be offering Preschool Workshops. We are delighted to offer our Tiny Tots Concert Series in their place! Engage your preschool group to a 35-minute interactive program featuring musical games, stories and songs. Pre-concert activities will begin 30 minutes before the show in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby.



Programs for Elementary School

Link Up

In Link Up, students in grades 3–5 are invited to join the Symphony in an interactive and engaging program. Students learn to sing and play orchestral repertoire through the hands-on Link Up curriculum, then perform along with the Seattle Symphony from their seats in a highly participatory concert at Benaroya Hall.

Effective September 1, 2016, we will no longer be offering School Workshops. We are delighted to offer Link Up in its place for grades 3–5! We currently do not have programming designed for grades K–2 and are pleased to refer school groups to the Opera Time program with the Seattle Opera.


Programs for Grades 6-12

Open Rehearsals

Associate Conductor Pablo Rus Broseta guides students through an interactive Open Rehearsal experience. During this rehearsal students will investigate the choices that composers, conductors and individual musicians make to bring the notes on the page to life. Students have the opportunity to ask the orchestra questions and respond to the action happening onstage.


Friday Matinees

Schools can enjoy full-length concerts featuring the Seattle Symphony at a discounted rate. Included with the performance is a free 30-minute pre-concert talk (one hour prior to all performances). Clock hours are available for teachers with pre-concert attendance.


Programs for Educators

Educator discounts available

Simply say that you are an educator when you call or visit our Ticket Office and you’ll receive a 15% discount on tickets to most Seattle Symphony performances. Subject to availability. Restrictions apply. No adjustment to previous purchases.


Concerts for Clock Hours

Attend a Masterworks Season concert with a Pre-concert Talk one hour prior to the performance for three clock hours through the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA). Sign-in sheet and registration information are available at the Head Usher Station in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby.