Symphony Day

Every year on Symphony Day, over 6,400 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 Symphony Orchestra.

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 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, 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.

Symphony Day

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