Info for Teachers – Instrument Zoos

The symphony will contact the school one week prior to each performance. Written confirmation will be emailed at the time of booking.
School Calendar
Visits from the HSO must be entered on the school calendar, so that the principal, teachers, and school staff have a record of the performance and classroom location.
Volunteer Support
Teachers must provide four people in addition to the classroom teachers to help with this program. This support can be from high school students, parent volunteers, administrators, teachers or teachers aids, etc.
Equipment Requirements
  • 4 tables large enough to hold 8 musical instruments per table (6’ long tables are best)
  • 1 chair
  • 2 trash cans
Acceptable Performance Spaces
  • Auditorium
  • Gymnasium
  • Cafeteria
  • Classroom or activity/reading room.
The HSO Education Assistant will arrive approximately 45 minutes prior to the start time in order to set up. Please have all equipment set upon arrival.
Audience Sizes
To ensure that both students and HSO education staff member have an interactive learning experience, the audience size may not exceed 50 students for each one hour session.
Grade Level
Pre-K to 3rd grade.
Time Changes
Schools may change the time of an Instrument Zoo if:

  • The change is made 3 weeks prior to the originally scheduled date and time.
  • If a performance start time is delayed due to late student arrival the Symphony cannot extend the performance time and will adjust the intended program for the reduced time.
Performances that are scheduled during bad weather resulting in the delay or cancellation of school will have priority rescheduling if dates are available from the Symphony.

Please note: The purpose of these requirements is to ensure that both the students and musicians are given the most optimal professional experience available outside a concert hall. Bringing the Hartford Symphony into the school setting is a unique experience for students and one in which we are proud to offer.

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