Symphony in Schools

  1. Symphony in Schools brings HSO chamber music ensembles into the classroom for interactive and collaborative performances. Students learn all about musical instruments and the way they work and sound together, hear some incredible music, and absorb a blending of arts and academics in an engaging, interdisciplinary presentation.

Download our Teacher’s Guide for engaging learning activities and lesson plans centered around our Symphony in Schools programs.

Request an ensemble by submitting a Program Registration form. Please book performances no later than 6 weeks in advance of the concert date. With questions, email the Education Coordinator, Miriam Engel, at mengel@hartfordsymphony.org.

Symphony In Schools brings HSO chamber ensembles into the classroom for interactive and collaborative performances.

 

 

 

Masterclass – NEW!

Many of our Hartford Symphony musicians are teachers in addition to performers. Masterclasses provide an opportunity to bring a professional musician to your school to perform solo, to guest coach student ensembles, and to share experiences about being a performer and having a career in music.

Grade Level: K-12
Curriculum Focus: Music, Career Readiness
Fee: $300

The Two-Frog Duo

Ever wonder how a violin is made? What exactly is the bow made out of? The Two-Frog Duo will introduce students to the string family and examine what makes a violin a violin. Join them as they perform music from various parts of the world and explain how each of these places has impacted the making of the violin. The program is enhanced with a PowerPoint presentation that brings to life the journey the group takes around the world. Works include Piazzolla, Shostakovich, Telemann and a piece from the movie “Madagascar.”

Grade Level: K-5
Curriculum Focus: English, Social Studies
Fee: $450

The Mosaic String Trio

The Mosaic String Trio uses literature, music, and art to explore how we express ourselves. The ensemble will perform a mix of music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schnittke, and a diverse mix of cultural, folk, and popular music. The program is enhanced with a PowerPoint presentation that showcases the world’s great masterpieces of art, architecture, and literature. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate as music makers on rhythm instruments with the ensemble.

Grade Level: 1-8
Curriculum Focus: English
Fee: $650

The Woodwind Quartet

The Woodwind Quartet introduces students to the instruments of the woodwind family by taking a musical voyage around the world. The musicians will have their map ready to show students their journey as they learn about the composers, where they are from, and how their music is influenced by that culture. Each musician will teach students about the instrument they play (clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon), including the mechanics behind playing the instrument, what it’s made from, and more.

Grade Level: K-8
Curriculum Focus: English, Social Studies
Fee: $1,000

The Hartford Symphony String Quartet

The HSO String Quartet’s “Sights and Sounds” program will examine storytelling and how composers used images and poetry to create music. Students will explore how music can transport us to different times and places, from a beautiful spring day setting to the exciting lands of Spain. Learn how each individual instrument becomes a character within a musical landscape and how they shape each story. The program is enhanced with a PowerPoint presentation to showcase these different settings. After each performance, students will be asked to create drawings that may be included in the quartet’s program throughout the year. The program includes works from Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Turina, and Mendelssohn.

Grade Level: 3-8
Curriculum Focus: English
Fee: $1,000

A Piacere String Quartet

The A Piacere String Quartet presents a dynamic review of various musical periods (from Vivaldi to Penderecki) accentuated with a diverse set of examples. Depending on the age of the audience this group explores interdisciplinary art relationships and historical context or provides more rudimentary insight into the works performed.

Grade Level: 6-12
Curriculum Focus: English
Fee: $1,000

HSO Jazz Quartet

The HSO Jazz Quartet will explore how musical forms such as rhythm, improvisation, etc. can change how one experiences a piece of music. Learn about some of the most influential jazz composers and how they contributed to the history of jazz. Hear music from New Orleans, find out what Switzerland and the Wild West have in common, and see if you can recognize some popular tunes with a Jazz twist.

Grade Level: K-12
Curriculum Focus: English
Fee: $1,100

The Wind Quintet

The Wind Quintet explores the concept of numbers in music. This concert introduces the importance of numbers when playing music: how many people are in a group, in what order they play, how numbers are used to stay together (students will learn 2/4 and 3/4 beat patterns), and how loud or soft the music is, using a “woodwind quintet volume control.” This concert features music by Farkas, Beethoven, Françaix, Hindemith, and Nielsen among others.

Grade Level: 1-8
Curriculum Focus: English, Mathematics
Fee: $1,200

The Brass Quintet – New!

Program, grade levels, and curriculum focus TBD
Fee: $1,200

Request an ensemble by submitting a Program Registration form. Please book performances no later than 6 weeks in advance of the concert date. With questions, email the Education Coordinator, Miriam Engel, at mengel@hartfordsymphony.org.