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Young People's Concerts

sheena mccall YOUNG PEOPLE'S CONCERTS for 2017: uncle sam's symphony

  • Imaginative programming created for students in third through fifth grades
  • Presented for over 10,000 students annually in two venues
  • One-hour concerts with music and stories selected for younger ears
  • Narration and exciting visual elements such as video projections, props, special lighting, costumes and peer guest artists
  • 2017 theme compares the roles within the orchestra to the branches of the United States Government: Conductor = President, Concertmaster = Vice President, Families of instruments = Legislative Branch
  • Audience participation: The audience represents the Judicial Branch for this concert. Students will: create a new law that may be featured in the concert, have the opportunity to choose one piece on the concert, sing-a-long with with the KSO during the opening piece, The Star Spangled Banner, and compose a letter to their legislator.

Cast your School/Group Ballot for the audience choice selection.  Please submit your class vote no later than Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5 PM.

  • Highlights: American Salute by Morton Gould; Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart; Plink, Plank Plunk by Leroy Anderson; "Dance of the Reed Pipes" from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky; Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland and The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
  • Teacher's Guide and CD of excerpts provided by the KSO for advance student preparation

Two venues to see this show:

Advance Reservations are no longer being accepted. Please purchase tickets at the door.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium - 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. (seating for small groups still available)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. (seating for small groups still available)

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. (seating for small groups still available)

Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. (This concert is recommended for home school students)

Tickets are $6.25 each, with one adult free for every 10 paying students.  Groups of less than 50, please confirm your numbers as payment is due when the reservation is made. The KSO has a no refund policy for these tickets.

Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville - Sold Out!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

This concert is free for students and teachers in Northeast Tennessee, thanks to the generous support of the Niswonger Foundation. Please note that the Greeneville Young People's Concerts are available only to students who attend public schools in the following seventeen school districts: Bristol, Elizabethton, Greeneville, Johnson City, Kingsport, Carter County, Cocke County, Greene County, Hamblen County, Hancock County, Hawkins County, Jefferson County, Johnson County, Sevier County, Sullivan County, Unicoi County, and Washington County.



Young People’s Concerts are eligible for the Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) Program: Student Ticket Subsidy funds artist fees, tickets and transportation costs for students from Tennessee public schools. Students will experience a broad variety of cultural opportunities, arts disciplines and artists during field trips or with in-school teaching artists.  Please note that there is a new Online Grants System and you must register before you can submit a grant (A registration may take between 1-7 days to be approved. Please register prior to any grant opening or deadline to avoid missing a potential funding opportunity). For more information, visit the Tennessee Arts Commission Online Grants System.

  • Schools can request up to $3,000
  • Allocated by county and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis
  • By July 31 - register in the new Online Grants System 
  • Prior to August 8 - make a reservation with the KSO and receive a confirmation number by email first (this confirmation number will be noted on your grant application)
  • Applications must be received 30 days prior to concert date (Funds for Knox County are usually depleted within a few days.  It is recommended that you apply on August 8.)
  • Payments made directly to schools from the TN Arts Commission

Please note that the eGrant application for Student Ticket Subsidy opens August 8 at 9:00 a.m. 

KSO/Knox County STS Online Grant Information 

Meet the musicians PROGRAM

  • For Knox County Music Educators who have reservations to attend a Young People's Concert with their students
  • Two KSO musicians visit your classroom prior to the concert
  • Introduction of the musicians' instruments and musical backgrounds
  • Short performance
  • Q & A time for your students to interact with the musicians

To sign up for the Meet the Musicians Program - click here




  • Knox County Schools
  • Knox County Schools' Board of Education
  • Andy Adzima, Inskip Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • Erin Archer, Tate's School, Education Advisory Council
  • Sheree Beeler, Shannondale Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • Liz Britt, Webb School, Education Advisory Council
  • Sarah Cummings, Rocky Hill Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • Allison Hendrix, Northshore Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • Kristin Luttrell, Gibbs Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • LeeAnn Parker, Bearden Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • Tracy Ward, Sequoyah Elementary, Education Advisory Council