Young People’s Concerts

Sheena McCall Young People’s Concerts for 2019

  • Imaginative programming created for students in third through fifth grades
  • Presented for more than 10,000 students in two venues
  • One-hour 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 to Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm, compare steady beat and rhythm and clap the syncopated rhythm of Piazzolla’s Libertango
  • Highlights: Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm; Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major; Beehoven’s Symphony No. 7, II. Allegretto; Kodály’s V. Intermezzo from Háry János Suite; The Irish Washerwoman arranged by Leroy Anderson; Piazzolla’s LibertangoJota (Final Dance) from Manuel de Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat; and Flight to Neverland from Hook by John Williams
  • Guest artists: The University of Tennessee Percussion Ensemble
  • Teacher’s Guide and audio excerpts provided by the KSO for advance student preparation


Logo for A World of Rhythm program

Two Venues To See This Show

Knoxville Civic Auditorium –

Groups of 50 or more: Online reservations available in August, 2020

Groups smaller than 50: Reservations for 2020 beginning in August, 2020. Please call 865-291-3310 to make a reservation.

Please confirm your group numbers prior to your call. You will be asked to pay for your group when your reservation is made and no exchanges or refunds are offered for these tickets.

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. & 11:00* a.m.
  • Friday, October 30, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets are $6.25 each, with one adult free for every 10 paying students. Groups of fewer than 50, please confirm your numbers as payment is due when the reservation is made. The KSO has a no refund policy for these tickets. Tickets are required for children ages 2 and up.

*11:00 a.m. shows are recommended for homeschool groups as we are better able to accommodate small groups.

Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville – 

Two performances in early November 2020 (exact date TBD) at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

This concert is free for students and teachers in Northeast Tennessee, thanks to the generous support of the Niswonger Foundation. Please note that the Greeneville Young People’s Concerts are available only to students who attend public schools in the following seventeen school districts: Bristol, Elizabethton, Greeneville, Johnson City, Kingsport, Carter County, Cocke County, Greene County, Hamblen County, Hancock County, Hawkins County, Jefferson County, Johnson County, Sevier County, Sullivan County, Unicoi County, and Washington County.

Student Ticket Subsidy Funding

Young People’s Concerts are eligible for the Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) Program: Student Ticket Subsidy funds artist fees, tickets and transportation costs for students from Tennessee public schools. Students will experience a broad variety of cultural opportunities, arts disciplines and artists during field trips or with in-school teaching artists.  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 X, 2020 – register in the new Online Grants System
  • Prior to August X, 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 TBD.)
  • Payments made directly to schools from the TN Arts Commission

Please note that the eGrant application for Student Ticket Subsidy opens August X, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. 

KSO/Knox County STS Online Grant Information


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, Tate’s School, Education Advisory Council
  • Sheree Beeler, Education Advisory Council
  • Liz Britt, Webb School, Education Advisory Council
  • Sarah Cummings, Rocky Hill Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • Kristin Luttrell, Gibbs Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • LeeAnn Parker, Bearden Elementary, Education Advisory Council
  • Tracy Ward, Sequoyah Elementary, Education Advisory Council