Since 1988 Mid-Texas Symphony has performed free symphonic concerts for the fourth and fifth grade students in all of Comal and Guadalupe as well as our surrounding counties.
MID-TEXAS CHILDREN’S CONCERTS are free to all fourth and fifth grade students in Comal, New Braunfels, Schertz- Cibolo- Universal City, Marion, and Navarro independent school districts as well as private, charter, parochial and home schools. Over the past 41 years, Mid-Texas Symphony Children’s Concerts have ignited the musical dreams of almost 150,000 fourth and fifth grade students in New Braunfels, Seguin and surrounding areas. MTS Children’s Concerts are the first symphonic experience for virtually all of these area students. The concerts serve as not only an introduction to an art form they have never experienced, but also inspire students to pursue music as a part of their lives.
The fine arts are essential to the complete development of a student. The U.S. Department of Education recommends the arts to college-bound middle and junior high school students, asserting, “Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as valuable experience that broadens students’ understanding and appreciation of the world around them.” Mid-Texas Symphony Children’s Concerts may well be a pivotal step in a young student’s ducational journey.
Season 41 will see an increase in the number of MTS Children’s Concerts produced in Comal and Guadalupe counties from two concerts to eighth concerts. In order to offer our auditioning guest conductors an evenly matched audition experience as suggested by the League of American Orchestras’ Music Director Handbook, each candidate has the opportunity to conduct/present a Children’s Concert.
One of the goals of the Mid-Texas Symphony Children’s Concerts is to spark the imaginations of students. MTS wants them to wander into the realm of possibilities: How can they make music a part of their lives? How can they ignite and sustain a lifetime love and appreciation of music? What can they imagine when they hear a piece of music? We also want to challenge them with the expansion of knowledge, love of learning, and excitement of experiencing something new. While these are a few of our overarching goals, the mission is to address the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills criteria that all elementary students must master as part of their educational curriculum. On our website, we offer interactive lesson plans and classroom resources adhering to fourth and fifth grade TEKS standards. Area music teachers can use the materials in preparing students to attend the concerts. Materials include information addressing the lives of the composers, the time in which they lived details of their musical/historical contributions, as well as musical excerpts of the concerts’ classical pieces
Mid-Texas Symphony is grateful for support from H-E-B Tournament of Champions. With the generous support of our community partner, we are able to double the number of MTS Children’s Concerts presented during Season 41.
The students in attendance are given a true symphonic experience from the famous guest artists and plush interiors of the performance venues to the majestic proscenium arches of the stage to the elegance of the formally clad musicians. Each year, the Children’s Concerts of MTS are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for thousands of our area’s children.
Children's Concerts Programming Excerpts
Seguin Children's Concerts Jackson Auditorium
Monday, September 17, 2018 at 9:30 & 11am
Monday, April 1, 2019 at 9:30 & 11am
New Braunfels Children's Concert PAC Canyon HS
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 9:30 & 11am
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 9:30 & 11am