Young People's Concerts

The Springfield Symphony's 51st Annual Young People's Concert (YPC) will bring together students from all Springfield R-12 district schools, 50 area school districts, and students from rural, private, parochial and home schools to listen to live symphonic music and to gain valuable exposure to the elements of musical styles and eras. Each of the Young People's Concerts is specifically designed to be an in-depth learning experience.

One Young People's Concert is planned for this season to release on Tuesday, January 26, 2020. As we enter a new year with many changes, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra would like to invite you and your students to be a part of this wonderful FREE tradition virtually this year. 

This year, we face a profoundly different challenge in reaching our traditional audience of 4th graders.  With schools unable to do field trips and many students learning from home, we had to pivot and come up with a new way to connect with kids. While nothing can replace the live music experience, we have put together a virtual performance for students to learn and enjoy! Even better is that teachers and students will be able to stream the concert at a time that best suits your schedule as we recognize that each school and district is different right now. 

One of the Springfield Symphony programs we are most proud of is our annual Young People’s Concert (YPC). Each year, the Springfield Symphony creates a program of music that is familiar, fun, entertaining, and exciting for our youth. It is always our hope that kids come away from our concert exhilarated by the experience, and our greatest wish is that they are inspired to want to play an instrument. 

For our first virtual Young People's Concert, we have filmed the Springfield Symphony in a performance of Camille Saint-Saens’s wonderful Carnival of the Animals.  This is a charming work that Saint-Saens wrote for some friends’ children. The piece is a set of 14 short, witty pieces that represent animals, ranging from the beautiful Swan, to fish in the aquarium, to the bones of extinct dinosaurs.  On the video, our conductor, Kyle Wiley Pickett, will introduce the concert, and then a 5th grader will narrate between each piece, talking about the animals portrayed in the music. 

YPC Sponsors

Our YPC is free to watch! To sign up for information on watching our 51st Annual Young People's Concert, fill out the form below. Viewing instructions will be emailed out following registration.



The Springfield Symphony works with Springfield Public Schools and the Springfield arts community as members of the Any Given Child program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of a demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the community participates in collaborative efforts to provide equity and access in arts education for all students.

For more information or to be added to the Young People's Concerts mailing list, please contact the Symphony office at 417-864-6683.