Education & Engagement

Discovery Concerts

DSCN0392Elizabeth G. Schneider Discovery Concerts, held during the school day, engage young minds through exciting full-orchestra performances. These morning performances by the Richmond Symphony correlate with Virginia Standards of Learning. Both Discovery programs presented in the 2016-17 season will be exploring the elements of music and improving students’ listening skills.  Participating schools receive student listening guides, a teacher guide and concert repertoire in advance of the performance. Concerts serve city, county, private and home-schooled students.

  • Tickets are $6 (general admission)
  • One free chaperone ticket with 10 paid student tickets.
  • Two Discovery Concert formats in 2016-17
  • Tickets are $4 for Title 1 schools
  • Download registration form

The Richmond Symphony offers two age-appropriate Discovery Concerts:

Musical Storytelling

 Ages For grades 3-8
Dates October 26 & 27, 2016 & March 23, 2017
Times 9:45am & 11:30am
Location Carpenter Theatre
Details Bringing back a favorite theme from years past, this 50-minute performance will explore musical storytelling. Students will be challenged to apply their knowledge about common literary elements (such as setting, plot, character, conflict, etc.) to gain understanding about musical compositions. Concert repertoire to include pieces by Weber, Borodin, Liszt and more.

A Child’s Guide to the Orchestra

 Ages For younger students: preK-grade 3
Dates March 24, 2017
Times 9:45am &11:30am (11:30 Sold Out!)
Location Carpenter Theatre
Details As has become our tradition, this shorter, 40-minute performance will focus on introducing young students to the symphony orchestra. Students will study instruments and the families of instruments in the orchestra by listening to Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (and other repertoire).  The Britten will be narrated by RSO favorite Sara Valentine, of Really Inventive Stuff.  Sara’s character, Symphonia Semi d’Quaver, is the “internationally renowned ‘Orchestra-ologist,’ consummate animateur, and devoted fan of Henry Purcell, who hosts Benjamin Britten’s classic introduction to the orchestra with wit and a wink.”

Kind Words:

“You helped me meet and achieve MY goals, as in MUSIC SOLs, but if I had been unable to align with “general” classroom SOL’s, my application for the field trip would have been turned down.” –Discovery teacher