Classroom Programs

A tradition since the first season in 1951-52

Classroom Programs

Young People's Concerts

Reservations can be made in one of the following manners: 

  • By calling the Columbus Symphony Education Department at (614) 221-4916.
  • By completing a registration form and mailing it to: Columbus Symphony Education Dept, 55 East State Street, Columbus, OH 43215.
  • By completing a registration form and faxing it to the Columbus Symphony Education Department at (614) 384-5945.

Each year, thousands of students throughout the greater Columbus area participate in the Columbus Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts. Concerts are programmed at the Ohio Theatre and are thematically based and grade appropriate. Pre-concert materials are provided for teachers and students based on the Ohio Academic content standards. All seats are $5 and include a student workbook and one teacher guide & CD. (1 free teacher ticket for every 20 students). Please visit our classroom program FAQs page here.


The Big Yellow School Bus program helps schools and other educational groups defray transportation costs to professional arts and cultural activities. To learn more about this program, visit this site: OAC.OHIO.GOV


To learn more about a transportation grant for your field trip to the CSO, please visit this site: TARGET FIELD TRIP GRANTS

Concert for Grades 3-5

Link Up: The Orchestra Moves!  |  Rossen Milanov, conductor
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 10:00am  SOLD OUT!    & 11:40am

The Columbus Symphony is proud to partner with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute to present this highly interactive concert where students are invited to sing and play an instrument from their seats along with the CSO. The Orchestra Moves! is a comprehensive, year-long curriculum that explores basic musical literacy and concepts, culminating in an interactive performance at the Ohio Theatre. Teachers can choose from one of three tracked program paths, depending on the level of involvement they would like to have for their students.


To get additional information and see videos from the 2015 & 2016 Link Up concerts visit the Link Up webpage at

Backstage with the Symphony

Grades 3-12

Students in grades 3-12 can experience a unique behind-the-scenes look at the orchestra in rehearsal, as well as a comprehensive tour of the Ohio Theatre led by knowledgeable docents. This is an opportunity for students to learn about the architecture and history of the Ohio Theatre as well as the history of the Columbus Symphony. Peek backstage, visit rehearsal rooms and watch a portion of the Columbus Symphony rehearsal. All tours begin at 9:45 am. and last one hour. Schools and home schools: $5 for students and chaperones.  Adult only tours: $10 a person. Please visit our Classroom Programs FAQs page HERE.

2017-18 Backstage with the Symphony schedule and registration

In-School Concerts/Small Ensemble

In-school performances are tailored to different grade levels and bring classical music directly to young people in Columbus communities. Fees are available upon request.

For additional information, please call (614) 221-4916.
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