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Elementary Age

MASTERWORKS Concerts: Children under the age of 18 can attend FREE with a paid adult ticket. There is a maximum of two free children tickets for each paid adult ticket.
POPS and CHAMBER Concerts: Student tickets are available for $15.
Purchase tickets online or by calling 423.267.8583.

Ensembles in Schools
October through May (by reservation only)

Principal Flute, Kristen Holritz, asks the students some questions during her flute demo.

The CSO String Quintet and Wind Quintet introduce the instruments of the orchestra and basic musical concepts with age-appropriate programs for students in area elementary and secondary schools. The programs address Hamilton County (as well as state and national) standards for music education.

To request a visit, please fill out the CSO Ensembles-in-Schools Request Form.

For additional information, contact Staci Spring.

Click on the links below to download the Teacher’s Guides for the Ensembles in the Schools performances.

Performance selections may vary from the printed guides.

String Quintet Shows

Ensembles in Schools sponsored by:


with additional support from

The Tucker Foundation

Click to see 2016/17 Ensembles in Schools Report

Young People’s Concerts

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:00am
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at  12:00pm
Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 10:00am
Tivoli Theatre – Chattanooga, TN – SEATS STILL AVAILABLE!!

Friday, February 8, 2018 at 10:00am
Friday, February 8, 2018 at 12:00pm

North Cleveland Church of God – Cleveland, TN

The Young People’s Concerts feature the CSO in a program of great symphonic classics, illustrating the instruments and sections of the symphony orchestra. Symphonic Voyagers 2019, an original program co-created by narrator Carey Shinbaum and Maestro Kayoko Dan, is an educational and interactive show for young audiences that invites students to explore the music inspired by NASA’s Voyager Golden Record mission. This 50-minute performance is appropriate for students in 1st though 8th grade, but targeted to 3rd through 5th grade students.

Admission is $5 (by reservation only)*

Please fill out the online form to reserve your seats!

Visit our Young People’s Concert page   for more information about the concert, including the Teacher Guide and links to more resources!

Schools located in Tennessee may apply for funding assistance through the Tennessee Arts Commission (

All 3rd grade students in HCDE schools are eligible to attend free of charge (admission and transportation) thanks to the Imagine! project through ArtsBuild.

*For Imagine! reservations (HCDE 3rd grade teachers only):
1. Call ArtsBuild at (423) 756-2787 or email to schedule your performance. Space still available!!
2. Schedule your bus. ArtsBuild will reimburse the school for the cost of the bus.

For more information, contact Staci Spring.

Buses line up for the 2018 YPC concerts at the Tivoli Theatre. Photo by Staci Spring.

2017/18 Young People’s Concert

James Stephenson’s Compose Yourself! took place at the Tivoli Theatre on February 7 & 8, 2018.  With the CSO’s own Carey Shinbaum as “Tater, the Narrator,” the program featured a modern take on introducing the instruments of the orchestra through demonstrations using large-scale props.  The program culminated with the opportunity for students to come on stage to help compose the “world premiere” of a piece of music based on their musical choices. The CSO performed three performances at the Tivoli Theatre and two performances at the North Cleveland Church of God on February 9, 2018. Over 6,800 students and teachers from 60 schools from throughout southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia attended, including several home-school groups.


Sensory Friendly Concerts & Resources

Our April 2018 Sensory Friendly concert featured music of the opera, and was held in the children’s area of the Downtown Public Library. Photo by Staci Spring.

Join us this season for one of our sensory friendly concerts! Our sensory friendly concerts feature performances by our String or Wind Ensembles in a space that allows for movement, interaction, or easy listening.  Attendees are invited to sit close to the performers, but quiet rooms are provided for attendees who need a break from the stimulation. All performances and activities are free for children and adults, but pre-registration is appreciated.  Doors open and pre-concert activities begin at 10:30am.  Scarves, props, and other manipulatives will be on hand, but please bring any you prefer to use.

Concerts are FREE, but please RSVP by filling out the online form to let us know you’re coming.

2018/19 Concert Dates

Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 11am – CSO String Quintet @ Tivoli Center

Saturday, November 10, 2018 – 12pm – CSO Wind Quintet @ Chattanooga Theatre Center

Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 11am – CSO String Quintet @ Tivoli Center

Saturday, March 2, 2019 – 11am – CSO Wind Quintet @ Tivoli Center

Check back for concert themes and locations.

Click here to RSVP to a Sensory Friendly Concert!

For more information or to request special accommodations, please contact Staci Spring at or 423.267.8583 x2100.


Sensory Friendly Resources

Concert Social Narrative (Word)
Concert Narrative (PDF)
Tivoli Theatre Sensory Map (PDF)
SF Social Story – Strings (PDF)
SF Social Story – Winds (PDF)

Meet Your Seat

Bringing a child or student who may need to see and be in the space ahead of the concert?  Please contact Staci Spring at or 423.267.8583 x 2100 to arrange a time for your child to meet their seat!

Instrument Petting Zoo

IMG_2313The CSO knows that as students learn about the instruments of the orchestra, it is helpful for them to see and touch the instruments.  Our collection of petting zoo instruments are ready to make their way to your school or classroom for a trunk show!

All instruments come with an informational packet and additional optional activities and worksheets.  Instruments may be checked out for up to two weeks and pick-up/return arrangements must be made by the teacher.

Available instruments:

  • Violin (various student sizes; no full sizes)
  • Viola
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Soprano Saxophone
  • Tambourine
  • Various hand drums
  • Various percussion instruments

To check-out an instrument, please download and fill out the form below.  Instrument scheduling is subject to availability.
Instrument Check-Out Sheet

For more information, contact Staci Spring at or at 423.267.8583 x 2100.


Workshops for kids

Stay tuned for upcoming workshop opportunities!