Symphony Day

Every year on Symphony Day, over 6,500 fourth and fifth grade students from across the Quad Cities region travel to Davenport’s Adler Theatre to experience a live orchestra performance. This event introduces students to the symphony orchestra and classical music through an engaging 45 minutes program performed by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

The program is carefully designed to enrich the elementary school general music experience and incorporates fourth and fifth-grade National Core Arts Standards. In advance of the Symphony Day performances, each partnering classroom music teacher is provided a Resource Guide to help familiarize their students with the music they will experience during the concert. This guide contains recordings of the repertoire, as well as information about the music, composers, orchestra, and experience. Additionally, it offers adaptable plans of classroom activities for use by general music teachers.

Students at Symphony Day 2020

Symphony Day concerts are free to participating schools.

Contact Chelsea Sammons, Director of Education + Community Engagement, for more information.

Symphony Day is sponsored by: 


The Grant and Virginia Brissman Foundation

Funding for the QCSO website provided by the Scott County Regional Authority