Learning doesn’t end at graduation! 

The Grand Rapids Symphony offers unique experiences for adults to enjoy life-long learning opportunities that explore great music, and great art—from engaging pre-concert talks, to behind-the-scenes tours—there’s something for everyone of all ages.

Penny University

Modeled after 18th Century coffee houses, Penny University presentations include lectures and one-of-a-kind experiences for orchestral music-lovers of all sorts, whether you have been an avid listener for years, or are just starting to explore the amazing world of classical music!    

UpBeat Pre-concert Presentations 

Sponsored by: BDO 

Free and available to all Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series Concert ticket holders!  You won’t want to miss the UpBeat multi-media presentations proceeding each of the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series Concerts at DeVos Hall that will be sure to enrich your concert experience. 


Symphony Scorecard

Your card to scoring great seats!  The Grand Rapids Symphony Scorecard program allows members to receive up to four (4) FREE tickets for selected Grand Rapids Symphony performances.

During our 2015-16 season, over 2000 tickets were given to people from communities all around West Michigan. Here is what one Symphony Scorecard member had to say:

"I'm so excited about this! All year I tried to save some money to get to the symphony. Then a friend took me and I loved it. I wanted to go again so when I heard about this, I was so excited. I saw the scorecard program and I am so happy I can get these tickets." - Symphony Scorecard recipient from Catherine's Health Center.

Nooks & Crannies Tours  

Explore the mysteries of what goes into making Grand Rapids Symphony concerts come to life in these informative and fun backstage tours of DeVos Hall. Go places the audience rarely sees and sit onstage right where the orchestra sits! Great for senior/retiree groups and more!  Tours are arranged on a group-by-group basis.  Contact the Education Department to arrange for a tour for your group of 15 or more.

Up Beat
Nooks & Crannies Tour
Access to Music

Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus

Love coming to Grand Rapids Symphony concerts?  Join the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and get in on the action from possibly the best seat in the house!  Under the direction of Pearl Shankuan, the volunteers of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus meet for weekly rehearsals and appear on stage with the orchestra regularly each season.  Auditions are required and held several times per year.  

Grand Rapids Community Gospel Chorus

Symphony with Soul, the Grand Rapids Symphony's annual celebration of diversity through music, has been enhanced by the Grand Rapids Community Gospel Chorus under the direction of Duane Davis.  Presenting a wide range of choral music, nearly 100 volunteer singers come together for this community favorite each year. 

Access to Music and Senior Access to Music Concerts

Sponsored by: Amway, Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority & SMG Management

The Access to Music Concerts provide a unique performance FREE for members of the Greater Grand Rapids community who are not able to attend traditional concerts due to impairments or physical and financial limitations. These concerts occupy a special place in the heart of the Grand Rapids Symphony’s education programs. Come and enjoy great music in an environment that will be sure to make everyone feel welcome.