Youth Concerts

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2015-16 Youth Concerts Resources & Workshops Bussing Subsidies Reserve Tickets General Information

Open to public, private and home schools, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts offer a comprehensive educational experience that enriches in-school learning. Participating groups receive access to teaching materials that include lesson plans, student worksheets and a CD of music to be performed. The concert content aligns with educational standards and integrates with other curriculum areas, such as language arts and social studies.


2015-2016 Youth Concerts

Link Up: The Orchestra Moves

For Grade 3-5
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
10:15 am & 12:15 pm
Hill Auditorium
Tickets: $6

Middle School Youth concert: Program TBD

For Grades 6-9
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Time TBD
Hill Auditorium
Tickets: $6


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The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has limited funding available to subsidize the cost of bussing to the Youth Concert. Schools traveling further than 20 miles and/or with greater than 20% of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch will be considered. If you would like to apply for a bussing subsidy, please provide the necessary information on the ticket reservation form.

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Resources & Workshops

Resources will be sent in the fall, upon receipt of your deposit. For the Link Up concert this includes a teacher guide with CD and DVD and a workbook for each student. For the Middle School concert, teacher resource materials and an accompanying CD are provided.  Check back here for links to electronic files in the late fall.

Teacher workshops will be held in November 2015 for Link Up and in February 2106 for the Middle School concert. Dates, Times and Locations TBD. Teachers are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop.

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Payment

A $100 deposit is due two months prior to the performance.This deposit is refundable up until two months prior to the performance. Payment in full is due one week prior to the performance.

Tickets
We do not use paper tickets for our Youth Concerts. We hold reservations at the door and seat groups upon arrival.

Performance Length

Approximately 55 minutes without intermission.

Arrival Time

Please arrive 10 to 30 minutes prior to the performance time to allow time to get seated and comfortable before the performance starts.

Drop Off

Drop off zones will be assigned and communicated approximately one week prior to the performance. Have buses, vans or cars drop off on North University, Thayer or East Washington streets based on your drop off assignment information. If there is no space in the drop off zone, circle the block until space becomes available. Bus waiting locations include Briarwood Mall (100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108), Maple Village (155 North Maple Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103) and Westgate Plaza (2603 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103).

Seating & Ushers

When you arrive, tell an usher the name of your school/group and they will direct you to your seating location.

Before The Start

Please allow ushers to seat individuals in your group in the order that they arrive in the theater. Once everyone is seated, you may then rearrange yourselves and escort students to the bathrooms before the performance starts. Please spread the adults throughout the group of students.

During The Performance

Please remain seated during the performance. If you have any questions, concerns or complaints (for instance, about your comfort or the behavior of those around you), please immediately report the situation to an usher.

Dismissal

Please remain seated following the performance. For the safety of everyone in the theater, a staff member will come to the stage and dismiss each group individually. When your group is released, please exit the performance hall through the same door you entered.

Lost Children

Your child’s safety is paramount to us.  We firmly believe in “no child left behind,” so we have Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra staff and volunteers ready to help your school’s chaperones to direct your child so they are not left to wander or to become lost.

Lost Items

If someone in your group loses an item at the performance, contact the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to attempt to help recover the item.

Accessibility

Courtesy wheelchairs and hearing impaired support systems are available to audience members upon request.

There is handicapped parking located in the Maynard parking structure.

Hill Auditorium is wheelchair accessible with ramps found at the east and west entrances, off Thayer Street and Ingalls Mall. The auditorium has 27 accessible seating locations on its main floor and 8 on the mezzanine level.

ADA compliant toilets are available near the Hill Auditorium box office (west side facing Thayer).

How to take your students to a youth concert

If you’ve never taken students to a youth concert, the following guidelines may be helpful as you plan your trip. Determine which classes or grade levels you want to take. The age range of our audience is 2nd – 8th grade, though most kids fall into the 3rd – 6th grade range. Many teachers bring upper elementary students who are beginning their study of a musical instrument. Check your school and district calendars to make sure the concert date doesn’t coincide with other field trips, teacher development dates, or standardized testing. Discuss the potential trip with your principal, classroom teachers, and music teachers. The A2SO can assist in creating a presentation to bring to your school staff to help you get through the approval process.

Calculate your expenses.

This is usually the first thing teachers think about when planning a trip to the concert.

  •  Tickets are $6 per person.
  • The other expense is bussing. The average cost of one school bus in the Washtenaw area is $80-$120, depending on distance. A yellow school bus generally carries 50-60 students. When scheduling your bus, plan on arriving 20-30 minutes ahead of time so that we can have everyone seated by the time the concert starts. The concert runs about an hour.
  • One of the most frequently used sources of funding is the school PTO. Other sources might be school foundations, local businesses, or other community groups. We can help you formulate a request for funds from any of these organizations, and we can also visit an organization with you, as a representative of the A2SO. In addition, the A2SO has a limited budget to subsidize the cost of bussing. Please contact us at education@a2so.com to discuss this further.

Once you have the date approved and a plan for funding in place, work with your school’s staff to create, distribute and collect permission slips for each student.

Line up chaperones. A chaperone’s job is very important as they ensure the attentiveness and safety of all the students. Please bring enough adults to accomodate your classes.

We will provide you with easy-to-use curriculum materials. These preparatory materials can greatly enhance the students’ experience of the concert. And we might also be able to arrange for Conductor Arie Lipsky, one of our guest artists, or one of our ensembles to visit your school to get your students excited about the concert. Contact Sarah if you’d like more information about these programs.A2_MG_7922 Bryant students applaud from their seats at Hill


No. of Tickets ($6 each)

Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 10:15 am:
Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 12:15 pm:

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How did you hear about the concert:  Brochure Email Website Word of Mouth Other

Does anyone in your group have special needs (i.e. wheelchair accessibility)?

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Would you like to be considered for a bussing subsidy? (If yes, answer the questions below):  Yes No

Distance from your school to Hill Auditorium (miles):

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Are there any other factors you would like us to consider?