Every year on Symphony Day, over 6,000 fourth and fifth grade students 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 program performed by the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra. The youth orchestra members—who are only a few years older than their audience members—serve as positive musical role models for the elementary school students in attendance.
The program is carefully designed to enrich the elementary school general music experience for ten and eleven-year-old students 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 Symphony Day Resource Guide to help familiarize their students with the music they will experience during the concert. This guide contains recordings of the Symphony Day repertoire, as well as information about the music, composers, orchestra, performers, theatre, and experience. Additionally, it offers adaptable plans of classroom activities for use by general music teachers.
Since its inception in 1988, over 150,000 young people have attended the event. These students represent approximately 30 school districts and nearly 200 public, private and home-study classrooms within a 45-mile radius of the Quad Cities.