Very Young People’s Concerts – Live and Virtual!

Very Young People’s Concerts for 2021

  • Created for students in pre-school through second grade
  • Audience participation: play along with the KSO as the families of instruments challenge each other through the board-game MusicLand
  • Highlights: The Orchestra Games by Gregory Smith, “Bugler’s Dream” and “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” Medley by Leo Arnaud and John Williams, Danzas de Panama, Movement IV by William Grant Still, Angry Birds Medley by Ari Pulkkinen
  • Guest Artist: Actress Laura Beth Wells


Join the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum and Guest Artist, actress Laura Beth Wells to learn about the families of instruments in the KSO through Olympic-style games, board games and video game music!

Open to schools all across East Tennessee 


Live concerts:

February 23, 2022, 9:30 AM – Tennessee Theatre

March 1, 2022, 9:30 AM – Clayton Center for the Arts

Admission: $8.00 per student, one adult free with each 10 students


Virtual concert: Click here to make a reservation

Available on March 21, 2022. The concert will be available for schools to access as many times as needed to accommodate classes March 21 – April 21, 2022.

Admission: $4.00 per student, adults are free after 10 paying students, virtual tickets are required for children ages 2 and up.

Please confirm your group numbers before making a reservation. Groups of less than 50 will receive a link to pay online when your reservation is made and no exchanges or refunds are offered for these virtual tickets unless the KSO has to cancel the performance.


Student Ticket Subsidy Funding

Virtual Young People’s Concerts are eligible for the Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) Program:  The Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) grant program provides funds for artist fees, tickets, and transportation for students from Tennessee public schools to experience a broad variety of cultural opportunities, arts disciplines, and artists.

Virtual/Remote Projects Eligible for STS Funding: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TN Arts Commission is allowing applicant schools to carry out virtual projects, activities, and performances with artists and organizations on the Teaching Artist Roster through the STS grant program during the 2021-2022 academic year. The virtual projects, activities, and performances must include an interactive and/or hands-on component, such as a Q&A session with a musician (see Meet the Musicians) following a recorded or streamed viewing of a performance or a guided hands-on visual arts lesson completed remotely. To search for artists and organizations offering virtual/remote options, select “Virtual” on the right-hand side in the roster filter and look for sample programs that have “Available Virtually” in the sample program title.

Please note that you must register in the Tennessee Arts Commission Online Grants System 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 August 3, 2021 – register in the new Online Grants System
  • Prior to August 12, 2021 – 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 12, 9:00 AM.)
  • Payments made directly to schools from the TN Arts Commission

Please note that the eGrant application for Student Ticket Subsidy opens August 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. 

Information for STS eGrant VYPC 2022 – step by step instructions for Knox County Schools

For more information about the Very Young People’s Concerts, please contact the Director of Education & Community Partnerships or call 865-521-2325.



  • Don’t forget to sign up to Meet the Musicians Online!
  • Teachers Guide – coming November 2021



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