Take a Field Trip to Symphony Hall!

The signature program of The Phoenix Symphony provides K-12 public, private, charter, parochial and home school groups an opportunity to attend a world-class concert at Symphony Hall. 

What to Expect This Year

  • Continued collaboration with Phoenix Theatre, one of the premiere arts organizations in the state.

  • Students will explore how they can develop their character and contribute to their communities with this year’s topics: Take Action and Be Your Own Hero.

  • Both programs will be led by the Phoenix Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, Matthew Kasper.

Attending Symphony for the Schools

Dates and Times of Performances

SFTS 1 - January 7-9
SFTS 2 - May 12-14

SFTS 1 – Be the Best You Can Be

Join The Phoenix Symphony as we explore determination, resiliency and grit through personal stories, musical selections and a fresh take on a classic tale. In Be the Best You Can Be, audiences will discover the strength of character the featured composers and Phoenix Symphony musicians have fostered to overcome personal trials in their lives and careers as the different instrumental sections of the orchestra are highlighted. Led by resident conductor Matthew Kasper, audience members will experience orchestral masterpieces by Aaron Copland, Sergei Prokofiev, Edvard Grieg and more, all while learning what it takes to be the best possible version of themselves.

SFTS 2 – 250 Years and Counting

This program is a celebration of Beethoven’s music through an exploration of the experiences in his life and career that led to his troubled but prolific height of artistry. Audience members will explore the things that made Beethoven himself so remarkable, and discover how we can all grow as individuals, feel and show empathy for others and build positive relationships in our schools and communities.

Students can be directly involved in the program by participating in The Phoenix Symphony and Young Arts Arizona’s 2020 edition of Paint to Music. While listening to the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in class or at home, students will create a work of art that reflects the experience to be displayed at Symphony Hall during a live performance of the piece at 250 Years and Counting.  

Paint to Music
Paint to Music is a unique partnership between The Phoenix Symphony and Young Arts Arizona. Students attending the May Symphony for the Schools concert are invited to submit artwork created while painting to music selected from the concert.

 What You Need to Know Before Making a Reservation:  

  • Concerts are appropriate for grades K-12 in any type of public, private, charter, parochial, home school or alternative education group. 
  • Concerts are approximately 45 minutes in length.
  • Regular admission is $3 for students and adults (adults include teachers, parents, chaperones, and all other non-students) OR for schools designated Title I by the AZ Department of Education, admission is $1 for students and $3 for adults.
  • Concerts take place at Symphony Hall located in downtown Phoenix (unless otherwise noted). Seating is general admission.
  • Concert times are either 10am or 11:45am (specify choice on reservation form).
  • Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Payment may be made by credit card, check, or purchase order.

Link to SEATS Booking Website, for Non-Title 1 Schools

Click above or paste this link into your browser: https://seatsaz.org/the-phoenix-symphony/




We are pleased to offer affordable education programs for students through the aid of various Phoenix Symphony supporters, and wish to thank the following sponsors specifically for their support of the Symphony for the Schools program: