Youth Concerts

Our Youth Concerts inspire 4,000 4th-6th graders each April and serve schools from an 8-county radius. These free concerts at the Gallagher-Bluedorn feature the full orchestra in creative and interactive programs. Local educators work with wcfsymphony to create materials that help teachers integrate the concert experience into their classroom curriculum.

The 2019 Youth Concerts tell the story of Antonín Dvořák’s journey to America and his experience living in Iowa through a stunning visual narrative by artist Gary Kelley. Featuring works from the composer’s time in this country as well as music influenced by his Bohemian roots. Students will learn about the orchestra, key musical concepts, and fascinating aspects of American and Iowa history; a visual art project will also be offered to schools as a voluntary activity.

Performances will take place on March 26, 2018 at 9:30 am, 11 am and 1 pm. This year’s concert are full and closed to additional registrations. For general information about our youth concerts please send us a message using the form below.






wcfsymphony Youth Concerts are made possible by generous grants from the R.J. McElroy Trust, Guernsey Charitable Foundation and Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa as well as volunteer labor provided by members of Upbeat.