Young People’s Concerts Go Virtual!


Sheena McCall Young People’s Concerts

  • 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: sing-along with the KSO to “Simple Gifts”
  • Highlights: Greeting Prelude by Igor Stravinsky, Variations on a Shaker Melody by Aaron Copland, Concert Overture No. 2 by Florence Price, “Votre Toast Je Peux Vous le Rendre” from Carmen by Georges Bizet, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off by George Gershwin, ‘Nimrod’ from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar, Umoja by Valerie Coleman
  • Guest artists: Knoxville Poet Laureate Rhea Carmon, Baritone Michael Rodgers
  • Teacher’s Guide and audio excerpts provided by the KSO for advanced student preparation


Join the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Aram Demirjian, Knoxville’s Poet Laureate Rhea Carmon and Baritone Michael Rodgers to explore how music is a language of its own and what it can express!

Open to schools all across East Tennessee


All Groups who make a reservation will receive a link to the concert on October 18, 2021. The concert will be available for schools to access as many times as needed for your classes to view from October 18 – November 18, 2021.

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 $4.00 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 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 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 YPC 2021 – step by step instructions for Knox County Schools






Special Thanks To Our Partners In Education

  • Knox County Schools
  • Knox County Schools’ Board of Education
  • Andy Adzima, Chilhowee Intermediate and Sunnyview Primary, Education Advisory Council
  • Erin Archer, KSYO, The Muze, Education Advisory Council
  • Sheree Beeler, Central Baptist ChurchEducation Advisory Council
  • Liz Britt, Webb School of Knoxville, Education Advisory Council
  • Heather Casteel, Fine Arts Supervisor, Knox County Schools, Education Advisory Council
  • Sarah Cummings, Christian Academy of Knoxville, Education Advisory Council
  • Robert Huffaker, Mount Olive Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • Lee Ann Parker, Bearden Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • Jose Ramos, Beaumont 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.