Young People's Concerts


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. Curriculum concert materials and playlists are provided for teachers and students based on the Ohio Academic content standards to all registered schools at time of registration. All seats are $5 (free for Title 1 Schools) and include one free charoprone ticket for every 20 students. 

 Please visit our Young People's Concert FAQs page here.

Check our resource page below for curriculum materials and Spotify playlists for all of our previous Young People's Concerts.


2022-2023 Young People's Concerts 


Move to the Beat

grades K-2

Thursday, October 27, 2022  
10 AM Ohio Theater

Kick off your dancing shoes and join conductor Andrés Lopera in discovering how many different ways music moves! Students will be introduced to all the ways the orchestra uses tempo, form, and meter to help us march, waltz and even gallop to the music!

Through our pre-concert teacher guide, digital classroom presentation and student workbooks, students will explore in-depth our concert repertoire and learn about the orchestra and their upcoming concert experience.

Register HERE 

Spotify Concert Playlist 


Sound Adventures

grades 3-5

Wednesday, January 11, 2023  
10 AM    Ohio Theater

What is sound, anyway? Thanks to science, we know sound happens when an object vibrates. Come with us as we dive into how the orchestra changes these vibrations into a world of wonderful and beautiful sounds.

Register HERE 

Spotify Concert Playlist 


Lit Classics

grades 6-12 

*updated date/time*

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 

10:30 AM  I  Ohio Theater

A “Lit Classic'' is defined as a piece of orchestral music that a person is excited or hyped about hearing. Come join conductor Andrés Lopera as he shares his “Lit Classics” and hopefully add some new tracks to your own playlist! 

Through our pre-concert teacher guide, digital classroom presentation and student workbooks, students will explore in-depth composers, concert repertoire, and explore and write their own persuasive essay on their favorite “Lit Classic.”

Register HERE 

Spotify Playlist Here


Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks

grades 3-5 

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 

10 AM & 11:45 AM I  Ohio Theater

Rhythm is a universal element of music. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sounds and silence that are expressive and exciting. Through the Link Up repertoire, students explore rhythm, pulse, and groove, and play and sing alongside the Columbus Symphony in a culminating concert.

 *Mandatory Teacher PD Session: Tuesday, November 10, 2022 from 4:30-6pm

Register HERE 



The Columbus Symphony Education Department is happy to share learning resources from past Young People's Concerts, including student resource guides and teaching suggestions. The grade levels for which the materials were written are indicated but all can certainly be enjoyed by every age. Nearly all music is accessible through various online sites and some links are included within the materials. We hope you enjoy these lessons and we very much look forward to seeing you in person at the Ohio Theatre soon! 


K-2 Concert Resources 


S is for Symphony

Student Guide    Teacher Guide  


On the Move 

Student Guide    Teacher Guide

 Music Links


Roar Buzz Tweet 

Student Guide      Teacher Guide


3-5 Concert Resources 


American Sound 

Student Guide   Teacher Guide


Open Your Ears 

Student Guide     Teacher Guide

 Music Links


Link Up! the Orchestra 

Spotify Playlist


6-12 Concert Resources 



Student Guide


Nationalism in Music  

Student Guide Teacher Guide


The Symphony Unplugged 

Spotify Playlist


The Columbus Symphony appreciates and acknowledges support for these concerts from: