The Grand Rapids Symphony is dedicated to providing exceptional opportunities for school groups and home school families to explore the world of classical music though performances in and around Grand Rapids, as well as in the schools.


CONCERTS AND ACTIVITIES - These programs are developed for school groups, and include weekday performances.  All information regarding program dates, times, location and information specific to school groups is included on each page.  Reservations for programs is only available through the online reservation request on each page.

Questions? Contact the Education Department.

Lollipop Concerts - These concerts are a great "first experience" to live orchestral music and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Third Grade Concerts - No one tells the vibrant story of the importance of rhythm and percussion instruments better than Bill Vits in this high-energy, high-impact concert just for third graders.

Fifth Grade Concerts - The traditional concert hall takes on a new look and feel with this multi-media concert sure to engage your fifth grade students in the full spectrum of a live concert packed with great music.

Nooks & Crannies Tours - With these informative and fun backstage tours of DeVos Hall, go places the audience rarely sees and sit onstage right where the orchestra sits!

Artists in Residence Program (AIR) - This is a two-year partnership program between select schools and the Grand Rapids Symphony to provide not only traditional concert experiences, but also performances in the schools by small ensembles of Symphony musicians. 

Side-by-Side Concerts

Varineau Outstanding Music Educator Award 

Access to Music - Access to Music is a FREE performance for members of the Grand Rapids community who are not able to attend traditional concerts due to impairments or financial limitations.