KSO in the Schools
TThe In-School Concerts Program offers elementary students an "up close and personal" concert and workshop experience. Through informal classroom performances by string ensembles from the KSO, the program serves young people in schools throughout the Knoxville area from September through May each year. The KSO has presented In-School Concerts in Blount, Anderson, Sevier, Loudon, Jefferson, and Knox counties, as well as at other sites throughout the 16-county East Tennessee region. KSO ensembles have also traveled to sites in Southeastern Kentucky and Southwestern Virginia to present In-School Concerts.
These presentations are created for young audiences new to classical music. The KSO musicians go directly into school classrooms and auditoriums and perform brief, recognizable pieces of classical music. The performance is accompanied by a general introduction to orchestra instruments and symphony music, laying a firm foundation for music appreciation. The KSO performers also involve the kids in a lively hands-on discussion about the specific instruments of the visiting ensemble - the instruments' histories, basic playing concepts, and so on.
In-School Concerts are the cornerstone of the KSO's Music Education Program, an important first step and, for some students, the only experience in music appreciation. They are a real "alternative" music experience for young people!
Sponsored by Arts and Heritage Fund, City of Knoxville Community Agency Grant, Knox County Community Development Grant, Enrichment Federal Credit Union & Sandra Powell Emond (sponsors for the Knox County Pre-K story time program),Target, and Tennessee Arts Commission.
Ensemble Request Form
- Cedar Bluff Middle
- Farragut Intermediate
- Gresham Middle
- Karns Middle
- Knox County Honors Orchestra
- Knox County Public Defender's Office
- Rocky Hill Elementary
- Sterchi Elementary
- Powell/Halls Boys & Girls Club
- Shannondale Elementary
- Tennessee School for the Deaf
KNOX COUNTY PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Ensemble Request Form for Private Schools
BLOUNT COUNTY & MARYVILLE CITY
Sponsored by Pellissippi State Community College and Target
Ensemble Request Form for Blount County and Maryville City Schools (Coming Soon).
- Carpenters Elementary School
- Fairview Elementary School
- John Sevier Elementary School
- Lanier Elementary School
- Maryville Junior High School
- Montvale Elementary School
- Townsend Primary School
- Walland Elementary School
sponsored by Linda Pierce and Target.
- Boyds Creek Elementary School
For more information about In-School Concerts, please contact the Director of Education and Community Partnerships.
College-level Master Class Opportunities
The KSO partners with the University of Tennessee School of Music and Carson-Newman College to provide master classes for students. During their stay in Knoxville, KSO guest artists instruct performance students in their craft creating once in a lifetime opportunities for learning from master musicians.