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Made possible in part by the Penny and Harold Blumenstein Future Audiences Fund

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Educational Concert Series (ECS) has introduced students to classical music for more than 80 years. Each concert within the series has been thematically designed with accompanying teacher resource tools available for those who purchase tickets for performances or register to watch the webcasts. Recommended for grades 3-8.

All performances take place in historic Orchestra Hall. Tickets are just $6 each for students, teachers, and chaperones!
*Subsidized $1 tickets are available for any school within the Detroit city limits or any metro Detroit school with 80% or more of student body on reduced or free lunch status.

New World Symphony - Finding the American Voice

Webcast logoWed., Nov. 20, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Webcast logoWed., Nov. 20, 2019 at 11:45 AM

Composer Antonín Dvořák was inspired by a trip across America in the late 1800s, which led to his “New World” Symphony. Discover the stories and melodies of Dvořák’s new world.

Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

Wed., Feb. 26, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Wed., Feb. 26, 2020 at 11:45 AM
Webcast logoThu., Feb. 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra! Learn more about this iconic composer and listen to some of his most famous orchestral works.

Nature and Music

Wed., May 13, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Wed., May 13, 2020 at 11:45 AM
Thu., May 14, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Nature is full of fascinating experiences, sights, and sounds. Did you know many composers were inspired by the beauty of the outdoors? The Detroit Symphony Orchestra collaborates with the Michigan Science Center for a journey into nature’s sights and sounds.


More Ways to Connect

Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition

Watch the Educational Concert Series in your classroom or home. Register to stream a live webcast from any available concerts above, or enjoy a past webcast in our library of educational performance.


The Berman Teacher of the Year Award

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is excited to recognize and encourage teacher excellence and creativity in serving Detroit students through the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classroom Edition program.

Congratulations to Ms. Kimberley Whittaker of Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies and Ms. Samar Atallah of Munger Elementary School, the recipients of the Berman Teacher of the Year Award for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Award Recognition and Prizes

• $500 cash award 2 teachers (1 classroom teacher and 1 music teacher) to support the inclusion of music curriculum in their school e.g. to purchase instruments or equipment to enhance the webcast viewing.
• 4 DSO musician visits to their class or school in the following school year.
• Invitation to appear on a future Classroom Edition webcast.
• Free tickets for a class to see a DSO Educational Concert at Orchestra Hall plus transportation.
• Classroom highlight in Classroom Edition promotional materials including DSO publications, Classroom Edition Resource Guide, and website.

Nominating Criteria and Process

• Open to any Detroit teacher for any subject or age group.
• Must have students watch webcast and use resource materials in classroom.
• Nomination of any teacher by any person via online form.
• Entry must include description of how the teacher used the Classroom Edition webcast and resource materials to engage and inspire their students and describe the ways the students were impacted.
• Entry must also specify how they would use the cash award to support music in their classroom.

Selection Process

• Nominations to be evaluated by DSO Education Steering Committee, which includes DSO musicians, staff, board and community members.


Thursday, January 31, 2019 - Application Deadline
Mid-February, 2019 - Winners announced
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Winners attend Educational Concert Series at Orchestra Hall



For questions, please contact Debora Kang at dkang@dso.org.


The Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation provides support to education, healthcare, social service and arts organizations in Detroit, and to organizations that support the local, national, and international Jewish community.