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The concert-going experience is necessary to a complete education. Concerts and off-campus presentations for grades 2-12 students include an introduction to the band, an introduction to the symphony orchestra, world music concerts, art and history partnerships with local museums, and attendance at regular Philharmonic Society presentations of the world’s best orchestras.

Concerts are only open to Orange County public and private schools. If your school has already submitted a reservation and you need to make a change, please do not resubmit a form and instead, contact our Education Department by emailing heather@philharmonicsociety.org.

Click here to view our 2018-19 Youth Programs schedule.


Youth Concerts Descriptions



  • SECOND GRADE: Peter and the Wolf: Musical Stories

    "Peter and the Wolf: Musical Stories" offers students a unique learning opportunity to have stories brought to life through the magic of classical music and movement. The program consists of a theatrical presentation of Prokofiev's legendary composition with narration and includes additional stories and music by Mozart, Grieg, and Debussy. Performed by a professional chamber ensemble with strings, woodwind, and percussion, the program features Beth Sussman, Julliard trained pianist and educator, and Sharon Diskin and Keith Berger, (The Chameleons), renown physical theatre/mime artists and educators. Imaginations will soar as students experience, firsthand, the joy of learning through music and physical theatre/ movement as they make natural connections to language fluency and building vocabulary. Click here to access our Concerts for 2nd Graders Reservation Form.


  • FIFTH GRADE: Concerts for Fifth Graders

    The Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony presents eight concerts at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, designed to introduce students to the families of the orchestra, new composers, and the concert-going experience. The 18-19 performance will be “The Planets” by Gustav Holst, and features Backhausdance, contemporary dance, in collaboration with Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts. Teachers will received a resource guide to prepare students in advance, which will also be available later this fall on this web site. This program connects to California Department of Education curriculum standards for Music, Dance, Science, and English/Language Arts. Click here to access our Concerts for 5th Graders Reservation Form.


  • SIXTH GRADE: World Music Concerts

    Engaging performances feature musicians performing on instruments that are usually unfamiliar and that provide introductions to new composers and sounds from around the world, or connect to our history and cultural traditions. Students are inspired by new rhythms and sounds of music from a variety of cultures and learn that music is indeed a universal language. Concerts change seasonally. Click here to access our 6th Grade World Music Concert Reservation Form.


  • HIGH SCHOOLS: Art and Music

    The Philharmonic Society and Orange County Center of Contemporary Art collaborate on this special experience for high school students. The music program is developed to complement and enhance the art exhibit and includes hands-on activity.


  • HIGH SCHOOLS: Tix for Teens

    Free tickets for regular Philharmonic Society series concerts are offered to all Orange County high schools to integrate students into the adult concert-going experience. Click here to access our Tix for Teens Reservation Form.


  • HIGH SCHOOLS: High School Orchestra Festival

    An adjudicated event featuring local high school orchestras performing onstage at the world-class venue of Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Click here to view the 2018 program.


  • Musical Reinvestment

    A percentage of funds raised by The Committees are invested in music projects in individual local committee communities.


  • Scholarships

    The Society offers an annual award to a selected member of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra.



  • The Youth Music Education Programs of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County are partially funded by Anaheim Band Instruments (part of the Music & Arts Center family), the cities of Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo, The Committees of the Philharmonic Society, the Crean Foundation, Disneyland Resort, the William Gillespie Foundation, the Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights®, Macy’s, the Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians, the Orange County Register, Pacific Life Foundation, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo Foundation, and the Philharmonic House of Design.