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Concerts for Students & Teachers

For more than 80 years, the Educational Concert Series (ECS) has introduced classical music to school children from across Michigan by featuring educational and engaging programs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  Concerts are conducted by DSO Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams, whose energetic performance and mesmerizing narration create a memorable learning experience for students and teachers alike.  All concerts are designed with a strong thematic element that teaches musical concepts to students in an exciting and accessible format.

Past programs have included themes such as “An Instrumental Safari” and “Risky Business: a Musical Look at Exploration, Innovation and Character”.

ECS concerts are designed for students in grades 3-8. Performances last approximately 45-50 minutes and take place in Orchestra Hall.

2013-14 Concert Dates

The following dates are available for the Educational Concert Series.  

- Wednesday, November 20 at 10:00am and 11:20am
- Thursday, November 21 at 10:00am and 11:20am
- Wednesday, March 12 at 10:00am and 11:20am
- Thursday, March 13 at 10:00am and 11:20am
- Wednesday, May 7 at 10:00am and 11:20am 

Quick Links:

10:00 am concert information
11:20 am concert information

For more information about DSO's educational activities and concerts, email Sheena Law,



The DSO's Educational Concert Series is sponsored by Compuware, Honda North America, Inc, MASCO, the Charles M. Bauervic Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Herbert & Elsa Ponting Foundation, the Sage Foundation, and the Elizabeth, Allan and Warren Shelden Fund.

A special thanks to Jackie Wiggins, Joseph Shively, Gregory Cunningham and Deborah Blair from Oakland University's Department of Music, Theater and Dance for their continued support of the ECS program.