Young People’s Concerts Go Virtual!

Presented in partnership with Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Sheena McCall Young People’s Concerts postponed to Spring 2021

  • Imaginative programming created for students in third through fifth grades
  • Presented virtually for more than 10,000 students
  • Forty-five minute 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
  • Audience participation: Create a round with the KSO and a Native American Flutist using Cherokee Morning Song
  • Highlights: Jennifer Higdon’s “Reel Time” from Southern Harmony, “Autumn” III. Allegro from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee,” Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Joplin’s The Entertainer paired with an excerpt from The Great Smoky Mountain Salamander Ball, The Cherokee Legend of Why The Bat Flies at Night, David Crowe’s How Birds Came Into the World and Rocky Top!  The concert also features a newly commissioned piece based on the flash pattern of fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, composed by Jorge Variego.
  • Guest artists: Cassius Cash, Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a Cherokee Storyteller/Flutist
  • Teacher’s Guide and audio excerpts provided by the KSO for advance student preparation


Join the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Aram Demirjian and Cassius Cash, Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, for a night hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park exploring music and all the things you might see along the way!  


Open to schools all across East Tennessee! 


Click here for online reservations for all group sizes (public schools, private schools, homeschools and individuals) open August 3, 2020. All Groups who make a reservation will receive a link to the concert in March 2021. The concert will be available for schools to view for a set amount of time.

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.

Virtual tickets are $3.50 for each student and adult, but all adults are free after 10 paying students. Virtual tickets are required for children ages 2 and up.

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 2020-2021 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, 2020 – register in the Online Grants System
  • Prior to August 11, 2020 – 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 11, 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 11, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. 

KSO/Knox County Schools Specific (step by step instructions/responses)
Information for TAC STS eGrant 2020-2021






Special Thanks To Our Partners In Education
  • Susan Sachs, Education Branch Coordinator, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Rhonda Wise, Supervisory Park Ranger, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Knox County Schools
  • Knox County Schools’ Board of Education
  • Andy Adzima, Chilhowee Intermediate and Sunnyview Primary, Education Advisory Council
  • Erin Archer, Tate’s School, Education Advisory Council
  • Sheree Beeler, Education Advisory Council
  • Liz Britt, Webb School, Education Advisory Council
  • Sarah Cummings, Christian Academy of Knoxville, Education Advisory Council
  • Kristin Luttrell, Gibbs Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • LeeAnn Parker, Bearden Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • Tracy Ward, Sequoyah Elementary, Education Advisory Council

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