Over 4,000 fourth and fifth graders from schools throughout the Brazos Valley, attend this annual event. This is a private event held in cooperation with educational entities to bring students on a school day field trip to the concert. Through this outreach event, the orchestra seeks to instill a love of symphonic music in our young people. This project provides curriculum materials for teachers and students and culminates with the live concert performance. The music for this concert is programmed just for children and often features a visual element, such as dancers or audio-visual presentations.
One student from each concert also has the opportunity to “guest conduct” the orchestra—children delight in getting selected for this participation and also in seeing one of their friends up at the podium. Afterward, art and essay contests offer students continued engagement with the event. In 2010, Texas Association of Symphony Orchestra recognized this program with an Award of Excellence in the Education category.
The Annual Children’s Concert for 4th and 5th grade students will take place Monday, February 5, 2024 at the Rudder Auditorium, Texas A&M University.