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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

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.

By reservation only. For more information, contact Staci Spring at 423.267.8583 x 2100.

Wind Quintet Shows

Principal Horn, Gordon James, interacts with a student during a 2012/13 Ensemble in the School performance.

Principal Horn, Gordon James, interacts with a student during an Ensemble in the School performance.

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
Compose Yourself!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:00am
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at  12:00pm
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:00am
Tivoli Theatre

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10:00am
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 12:00pm

North Cleveland Church of God

Click here to download the YPC Teacher Guide.

Admission is $5 (by reservation only).
To reserve, contact Staci Spring

Designed especially for students in grades 1-5, Young People’s Concerts feature the CSO in a program of great symphonic classics, illustrating the instruments and sections of the symphony orchestra. Compose Yourself!, by modern composer James Stephenson, is an educational and interactive show for young audiences which introduces families of and individual instruments and invites students to further explore how melody, harmony, and rhythm join together to compose music.

For more information about the concert, including composer biographies, listening samples, and more, visit the CSO’s Young People’s Concert page.

Schools located in Tennessee may apply for funding assistance through the Tennessee Arts Commission. Visit for more information. All 3rd grade students in HCDE schools are eligible to attend free of charge (admission and transportation) thanks to the Imagine Chattanooga project through ArtsBuild.

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

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A full house at the Tivoli Theatre for Young People’s Concerts.

illustrationWnewwordsLast season, students were quizzed on instrument facts and composers at the Get A Clue! concert. The program included Rossini’s “Overture” from William Tell, Grieg’s “Morning Song” from Peer Gynt, and Copland’s “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo.  The highlight of the program was Kleinsinger’s Tubby the Tuba, with Principal Tuba Neil Konouchi.  CSOYO concerto competition winner, Juliette Blais, also performed Saint-Saën’s Cello Concerto.

6,981 students and teachers from 72 schools and large home-school groups attended one of six performances.

Sensory Friendly Concerts & Resources

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.

Concerts are free, but please RSVP by contacting Staci Spring at to let us know you’re coming. Join us this season for one of our sensory friendly concerts!

2017/18 Concert dates

Spooky Strings and Things – October 28 – 11am to 11:45am
Come in costume and join us we listen to spooky (but definitely not scary!) music with the CSO String Quintet

Winter Wonderland with Winds – December 2 – 11am to 11:45am
The winter weather might be frightful, but the CSO Wind Quintet will be delightful with a concert of holiday favorites

American Roots with Wind Quintet – February 3 – 11am to 11:45am at the Chattanooga Public Library (Downtown)

Click here to RSVP to the American Roots Sensory Friendly Concert!

Grand Ole Opera with String Quintet – April 14 – 11am to 11:45am
The CSO String Quintet takes us to the opera with a selection of kid-friendly pieces from famous operas


2017/18 concerts sponsored by

All performances and activities are free for children and adults, but pre-registration is required.  Doors open and pre-concert activities begin at 10:15a.  Scarves, props, and other manipulatives will be on hand, but please bring any you prefer to use.

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)

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.

A student tries out the Viola at a 2014/15 PopTots performance

A student tries out the Viola at a 2014/15 PopTots performance

Instrument Petting Zoo

The CSO operates an “instrument petting zoo” at many community concerts and family events.  At the petting zoo, a variety of real orchestral instruments are displayed and participants are encouraged to pick up, touch, and play the instruments.  The instruments are donations received from community members and are gently used, which allows the CSO and participants to experiment with them.

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

Workshops for kids

Kids Rock
Saturday, March 17, 2018 – 3p to 9:30p
$35/student, $45/adult – Dinner and concert ticket included.
Take note! This workshop introduces students to the symphony and classical music. Learn about composers and musicians of note, musical instruments, conducting, tour the Tivoli Theatre, and see a live concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera.  Students must be accompanied by parent or chaperone.