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Children's Concerts

Conductor standing up in the bus

Every February since 1999, the Indian River Symphonic Association, together with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, has presented Children’s Concerts for all fifth graders in Indian River County. Attendance averages over 1500, including approximately 100 teachers, with two concerts given back to back to accommodate the large audience.

To prepare the students for their musical field trip, information about the orchestra and its conductor, soloists, instruments, composers, and the music featured in the program, is supplied to all teachers in advance of the concert. On the day of the concert, children are bussed to the church to hear the full Brevard Symphony Orchestra perform an hour-long program under the direction of Maestro Christopher Confessore. The program is designed to be interactive as well as educational, and the students actively participate in the event. Many have never heard a live orchestra and are amazed at the sound of so many instruments playing together.

We get letters…

"The performance went all the way to the bottom of my heart."

"The harp sounded like angels floating up into the clouds."

"I thought the concert was fanomical."

"My favorite instrument, the cello. Your soul can really sink into this instrument."

What did you learn about the orchestra?
"That pop is not the best type of music."

"I am so glad I went. It was the best music I've ever heard. I loved that field trip, even better than Sea World!"

I came to a concert here and it was so cool! That concert was one of the reasons I decided to join band.

Student from Sebastian River High School, referring to the 5th grade children’s concert given by IRSA and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra:

…I would like to thank you for your generous donation! As music supporters, you understand the positive impact music can have on a young person’s life…Please know your work in the community is making a difference!

Chase Jones, Director of Bands at Sebastian River High School:

Having violins is the most important aspect of our program. To know we have funds or have the violins when the children come is a relief for our team. We get excited because they get excited when we put that first instrument in their little hands and see the joy in their eyes. The gift from IRSA helped us make sure we didn't have to go into our reserves to purchase violins for our newest group of students. We greeted our new children with instruments on their first day of class! Thanks to all those involved in sending this financial blessing our way.

Dr Crystal Bujol, Artistic Director of the Gifford Youth Orchestra:

The students and I could not be more grateful for the generous grant you chose to award our school this year. It is money that we will be able to use immediately to purchase a desperately needed school instrument, and to bring in professional musicians for some very valuable clinics. You have truly made a difference in the lives of our students.

David Heroux, Orchestra Director at Indian River Charter School:

The cost of the concerts and transportation of the students is supported by generous donations from supporters of the Indian River Symphonic Association who recognize that early exposure to a live orchestral performance can inspire an important and vital interest in good music, as the above quotes demonstrate. They inspire, too, an appreciation of the musicians who dedicate their lives to sharing their talents with audiences.

If you would like to sponsor, or join in the sponsorship of these wonderful and important concerts please contact our office at (772) 778-1070. Or if you would like to make any donation to the Symphonic Association to help us to continue these concerts, see donate button below.

Your gifts and generosity help us to continue these very special concerts,
exposing young people to the live sound of a symphony orchestra,
and nurturing their appreciation and love of good music.