MUSIC EDUCATION OFFERINGS FOR TEACHERS & SCHOOLS
An important part of our mission is to provide Utah students with an introduction to orchestral music, training in listening skills, and tools for understanding musical concepts in ways that support the state core curriculum. We provide teacher in-service opportunities along with orchestra performances to cultivate these skills. Utah Symphony’s in-depth performance and lecture/demonstration events remind Utah students and teachers that they have many opportunities to have music in their lives, whether as performers or audience members.
Please contact our education department if you have questions about any of our music education programs.
5TH GRADE CONCERTS
What do you remember about fifth grade? Fractions? Prepositional phrases? If you grew up in Utah, you may also remember chandeliers, gold-leaf balconies, glass sculptures, and world-class live music. Utah Symphony is proud to give the fifth graders of our state the opportunity to hear beautiful music played by a professional orchestra within the acoustical brilliance of Abravanel Hall to create memories that will last a lifetime. These nine special concerts for fifth graders and their teachers support the fifth-grade music curriculum as well as other academic areas.
Arrangements for students and teachers from Canyons, Davis, Granite, Jordan, Salt Lake, and Tooele are made through your Local Education Agency’s Arts Coordinator. Public schools from other Local Education Agencies, charter schools, private schools, and homeschools can sign up using the registration link below. A note for homeschool parents and students: this concert is intended as a special opportunity for 5th grade students (or students ages 10-11); please make arrangements for other children to be left at home. Please plan ONLY ONE chaperone per 15 children in addition to your teachers.
This year, the Utah Symphony will celebrate February as Black History Month with our 5th grade concert titled “Encore: A Celebration of Black Symphonic Music.” We will introduce students to seldom-heard music from exceptional composers including Scott Joplin, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, William Grant Still, and Wynton Marsalis. Actor, playwright, and narrator Carleton Bluford comes to us from his extensive history with our community partner Plan-B Theatre, and in this concert, he will offer insights into the composers’ lives and into their pieces. Along the way, students will have the opportunity to listen to each instrument’s unique sound—a study that may serve them well as many will soon select instruments to play in their school ensembles! We are certain that students and teachers, alike, will love hearing these incredible works and meeting the instruments of the orchestra.
Several preparatory materials for use by 5th Grade Teachers can be found by clicking on the link below. Included is plug-and-play, interactive PowerPoint presentation as well as links to each composer’s biography in our Composer Bio Library.
SYMPHONY IN THE SCHOOLS
As part of our education initiative, the Utah Symphony programs a full orchestra or chamber orchestra (45 to 50 musicians) each year that travels great distances to play in schools with any size auditorium.
Separate 50-minute concerts are created for elementary (grades 4-8) and high-school audiences. When school or district schedules make it necessary to have students in grades 4-12 at the same concert, we’ll perform the elementary concert program. Teachers receive materials to help prepare students for the concert, as well as activity suggestions to help support the music core curriculum.
To schedule a concert in your district, contact our Education Department or your district arts coordinator.
MUSICIANS IN THE CLASSROOM
Let a Utah Symphony musician teach your class for a day!
1) Fill the form to tell us your availability and your musician needs. Our musicians can
· Conduct your ensemble in rehearsal
· Lead a sectional rehearsal
· Sit in with a section during a rehearsal
2) We find the time that works best for you and our musicians
3) Your students have the best day ever with a musician of the Utah Symphony!
Bring your class for a sneak peek of our Masterworks Concerts!
Here’s how it works:
1) Arrive at 9 am at Abravanel Hall (unless otherwise indicated).
2) Listen to an introduction of the concert repertoire.
3) Observe the Final Rehearsal!
Stay until the break, or stay for the whole rehearsal.
You must be a teacher or a student to attend.
|Friday, December 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM|
Ingrid Fliter plays Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 Finishing Touches Rehearsal (arrive by 9:30 am)
|Friday, January 7, 2022 at 9:30 AM|
Robert Trevino conducts Walker, Grieg & Stravinsky
|Friday, February 18, 2022 at 9:30 AM |
Daniel Lozakovich plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
|Friday, April 8, 2022 at 9:30 AM |
Hilary Hahn plays Ginastera and Sarasate
|Friday, April 15, 2022 at 9:30 AM |
Thierry Fischer conducts Haydn 11, Arlene Sierra, Nielsen & Elgar
|Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 9:30 AM |
Steven Osborne plays Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2
Please note that these dates are subject to change or cancellation.
TEACHERS IN THE HOUSE
Teachers who attend Utah Symphony performances can earn 3 re-licensure credits.
- Buy discounted teacher tickets! Teachers receive a 10% discount for most performances.
- Arrive at Abravanel Hall 1 hour prior to the Masterworks concert and sign in at the Coat Check.
- Attend the pre-concert lecture in the First Tier Room followed by the concert!
Earn the re-licensure credits by registering for these events ahead of time through the USBE MIDAS system.
BUILDING & BACKSTAGE TOURS
Groups may request a 30-45 minute tour of Abravanel Hall. Experience the behind-the-scenes world of the Utah Symphony—from exploring backstage to learning about the careers. Masks are required.
Abravanel Hall is home to the Utah Symphony and part of the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts. Adjacent to Temple Square and the Salt Palace on South Temple Street, this architectural masterpiece has become a major landmark. In addition to orchestral performances, the hall also hosts numerous concerts and special events. Abravanel Hall, formerly known as Symphony Hall, was so named in May 1993 for the beloved Maestro Maurice Abravanel, conductor of the Utah Symphony and advocate for all the arts in Utah.
The concert hall was created specifically to provide an environment of acoustical excellence by Dr. Cyril M. Harris, who was the acoustical consultant for the remodeled Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
Abravanel Hall is actually a concrete building within a brick building. Inside these two outer shells stands the beautiful concert hall. Designed strictly as a concert hall, the stage has no proscenium; instead, it is an extension of the audience. The hall is rectangular, which is characteristic of the world’s finest symphony halls, such as the Grosser Musikverinssaal in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (Netherlands), and the Symphony Hall in Boston.
To reach the hall, you must pass through sound-lock corridors—designed to prevent the confusion and noise of the lobby from spilling into the concert hall. The interior of the hall is dominated by convex curved surfaces—these designs and the basic building materials were carefully chosen by Dr. Harris and the architects for acoustical purposes. Six 16 x 16 -foot brass chandeliers are suspended from the ceiling, featuring 18,000 hand cut beads and prisms of Bohemian crystals imported from Austria and Czechoslovakia. The four-story lobby is crowned with a ceiling of white oak and solid brass, and adorned with more than 12,000 square feet of tempered glass made in England. The lobby of the hall faces East and toward the former home of the Utah Symphony, the Salt Lake Tabernacle and Temple Square.