Community Concerts – Side-by-Sides

Mentoring the Next Generation of Musicians

As part of its commitment to coaching and mentoring young musicians from local high schools, universities, youth orchestra organizations and community orchestras the Seattle Symphony gives numerous free Side-by-Side Concerts each season. The concerts feature musicians from community and high school orchestras performing alongside their professional counterparts.


Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra
Garfield High School
Roosevelt High School
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
University of Washington School of Music
West Seattle Community Orchestra

Partnership with University of Washington School of Music

Ludovic Morlot is a committed mentor of young aspiring conductors. Since 2013 he has served as Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies in the University of Washington’s School of Music. In this capacity Morlot makes five to seven appearances at the University each year, leading classes and seminars in conducting. Students in the program also attend Seattle Symphony rehearsals throughout the season as part of their training under Morlot.

In addition, the Seattle Symphony frequently rehearses and performs symphonic works by UW composition majors, offering these young composers an opportunity to hear their works played by a professional orchestra. Concerts take place in Benaroya Hall and are open to the public.


If you would like to become a Side-by-Side partner organization, please contact to explore opportunities to bring the Seattle Symphony to your community. 

Community Concerts

Side-by-Sides Events

Side-by-Sides Calendar

Merriman Young Composers Workshop Concert

Monday, 6 May, 2019 7:00PM

Join us for the culminating concert of the 2019 Young Composers Workshop led by Composer in Residence Derek Bermel. Seattle Symphony musicians will perform 12 world premieres of chamber works written by the composers in this year’s workshop. Don't miss these new and innovative works by local young composers!

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Simple Gifts Community Concert

Saturday, 11 May, 2019 7:00PM

Experience the world premiere of a new work composed by veterans at Compass Housing Alliance in collaboration with composer-in-residence Derek Bermel. This program, curated by veterans, will celebrate those that have served and currently serving in the military and shed some light into their experiences in the service and their return to civilian life.

Admission is free, RSVP encouraged.

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Lullaby Project Celebration Concert

Sunday, 12 May, 2019 11:00AM

Join us for a joyful celebration of lullabies this Mother’s Day! This moving event will feature songs created by parents at Mary’s Place and performed by Seattle Symphony musicians. Now in its sixth season, the Lullaby Project is a featured program of our Simple Gifts initiative.

Admission is free with ticket.

The Lullaby Project is a national program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

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