The Harrisburg Symphony presents two pairs of Young Persons’ Concerts each season, normally one in the fall and one in the spring. The programs are designed for students in grades 3-8 who come from across the capital region and beyond. School groups arrive by bus, by van, by car, and on foot to participate in one of two 45-minute performances. Maestro Stuart Malina hosts these concerts, which feature excerpts from the upcoming weekend’s Masterworks program.
In the days and weeks prior to the concert, students and their teachers or parents prepare for the performance by utilizing materials provided by the Harrisburg Symphony’s Education Department. The materials offer information on the composer(s), the music and other music-related ideas. Each of the Young Persons’ Concert performances and the pre-concert materials are geared to assist instructors in meeting the requirements of the National and Pennsylvania Music Standards.
An estimated 5000 students experience a Young Persons’ Concert each season.
Join us for our 2022-2023 Young Persons’ Concert Series
Our Young Persons’ Concert series returns in person for the 2022-2023 season and we could not be more excited. These educational concerts, presented free for teachers and students, will feature performances by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra and will be hosted by Gregory Woodbridge, HSO Associate Conductor, and Stuart Malina, HSO Music Director.
Fall YPC: Friday, November 18 – Join the HSO, Gregory Woodbridge, and Stuart Malina for an educational concert featuring excerpts from Igor Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella” and Russell Peck’s educational classic “The Thrill of the Orchestra.” Note: This performance will be held at Parmer Hall, Messiah University, One College Ave., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
Registration for this concert is closed. Please join us for our Spring YPC.
Spring YPC: Friday, May 5 – Our partnership with Carnegie Hall continues as we present Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks! Featuring the “Anvil Chorus” from Il trovatore, “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, and “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry, this interactive concert will have students dancing in their seats and singing along with the orchestra. This concert includes side-by-side performances by members of the HSO, the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra, and a student choir from various local schools. Note: This performance will be held at the Forum Auditorium, 500 Walnut St, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
Covid-19 Policy: The HSO no longer requires proof of vaccination or masks for entry to concerts. We recommend masks for audience members at risk. If you are not feeling well, please do not attend.