Young People’s Concerts

The Quincy Symphony Orchestra presents Young People’s Concerts to area 3rd – 6th graders.  Over 3,000 school children from over 30 schools attend these concerts each year during the school day.  They are encouraged to join their school music programs.  The concerts are provided at absolutely no charge to the schools.

An interactive, educational and entertaining show designed to introduce children of all ages to the instruments of the symphony orchestra. Supremely crafted and well-paced, Compose Yourself!  by James Stephenson delights the students with bottle-music, hosaphones, snake-charming oboes, powerful trumpets, and more, always educating, and always entertaining, so that the children are learning, loving, and laughing about classical music throughout the event.  The 11:45 a.m. performance is free and open to the public—and at about 45 minutes, it’s perfect for a lunch break.

Information for Teachers and Administrators

Violinist Nathan Seaman demonstrates his instrument as students prepare for the performance

Violinist Nathan Seaman demonstrates his instrument as students prepare for the performance

The Quincy Symphony invites all of your students, grades 3-6 inclusive, to join us for 45 minutes of fine music.   The orchestra’s conductor will introduce the instruments of the orchestra and the string, wind, brass, and percussion families. ADMISSION IS FREE in fulfillment of the QSOA’s mission to bring fine orchestral and choral music to the community, and to encourage young people to foster an interest in live symphonic and choral music. A teacher guide will be sent out to participating schools in advance of the concert. The guide will contain information about the QSOA, concert etiquette, instruments of the orchestra, and information on the music to be performed. We will also provide audio musical examples to help prepare your students.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations for all concerts will be handled on a first-come basis on receipt your reservation form. Approximately 3,000 people will attend the concerts. To accommodate the large demands from outlying schools, two concerts have been scheduled. We urge all parochial schools, outlying schools, and home schools to choose the 11:45 a.m. concert as your first choice if possible (see registration form). Each class must have its own teacher(s) and chaperone(s) in attendance. If your selection of a concert time is filled by the time we receive your registration, we will call you immediately to try to arrange an alternate time for your school. Please indicate a 1st and 2nd choice on the registration form. All efforts will be made to accommodate your first choice.

TRANSPORTATION: Although concert admission is completely free, each school is responsible for its own transportation arrangements. The QSOA, including Encore!, will not cover transportation costs. A possible avenue for transportation funding might be your music booster or Parent-Teacher Organizations. Another possibility would be that a business in your local community would be willing to cover the bus cost. Many businesses understand the worth of music activities such as these concerts, and will be willing to support your attendance!

PARKING/EXITING BUSES: Students will be admitted approximately 20 minutes prior to each performance. We are constantly looking at the manner in which cars and buses discharge their passengers in an attempt to provide convenient, safe, and smooth parking arrangements. A map will be emailed to you with parking locations. Upon entering the building, your group go through a security checkpoint and then will be ushered to its assigned seating area. We ask you to disperse your chaperones among your students.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Please provide us with information regarding the following by calling the Symphony Office, 217/222-2856.

  1. Number of students in wheel chairs.
  2. Number of students with impaired hearing.

IMPORTANT DATES: As you might imagine, all efforts such as this require a high degree of coordination between the Symphony Orchestra, the Quincy Public Schools and those of us who are preparing and distributing materials. Please observe the following target dates:

  • February 28, 2019 – Please return the registration form to our office by this date, or earlier. Remember that reservations are on a first-come basis. Some schools have chosen to fax their reservations to our office. Our fax number is 217-222-2869.
  • March 6, 2019 – Confirmation of your seating time will be provided to you by this date or sooner, along with teaching materials and evaluation forms. Please watch your email.

We do hope students from your school will be able to join us. If you are planning to combine the concert with a trip to a local fast food restaurant, please let me know, and I will let the restaurant manager know in advance. Let me hear from you. Feel free to email Jane Polett at Send written correspondence to:

Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association
200 N. 8th St., Suite 102
Quincy, Illinois 62301

2019 Young People’s Registration Form

Young People’s Registration Form (PDF)