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Youth Concerts

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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 other media. The concert content aligns with educational standards and integrates with other curriculum areas, such as language arts and social studies.

2017-2018 Youth Concerts

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For Grade 3-5
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
10:15 am & 12:15 pm
Hill Auditorium
Tickets: $6

Middle School Youth Concert: Blue Cathedral
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For Grades 6-9
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
10:30 am
Hill Auditorium
Tickets: $6


For Grade 3-5
Wednesday, March 14
10:15 AM & 12:15 PM
(Volunteer Call time: 8:30 AM)


For Grades 6-9
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
10:30 AM
(Volunteer Call time: 8:45 AM)


Volunteer Roles: (more detailed information here)

  • Bus attendants: Bus attendants are responsible for greeting school groups as they arrive, then directing them to the proper venue entrance door. They also make sure that school groups stay together as they enter the building and are not separated by other arriving groups. They may also need to direct bus drivers to designated parking areas.
  • Greeters: Greeters are responsible for holding the doors open as groups arrive and directing them which way to go upon entering the venue.
  • Ushers: Ushers are responsible for seating groups in the auditorium itself. They also assist with directing people to the restrooms and ensuring a smooth performance in the hall.

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General Information

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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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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.

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.


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.


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. A number of schools have successfully applied for Field Trip Grants from Target. They accept applications from August 1 to September 30 each year. In addition, the A2SO has a limited budget to subsidize the cost of bussing. Please contact Kira Leeper 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 accommodate 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 Kira if you'd like more information about these programs.