2017–18: An African-American Legacy: The Harlem Renaissance

Poetry, novels, painting, drama, music, fashion…they all blossomed and converged uptown in Harlem on the tide of the Great Migration. It was the Jazz Age and African-American music proliferated — not just in jazz, but also in symphonic music. Antonín Dvořák’s open embrace of African-American musical traditions in his New World Symphony helped pave the way for new voices. By 1920, William Grant Still was composing symphonies and conducting major orchestras. Duke Ellington was establishing himself as a band leader, eventually to compose major orchestral works as well. Discover the legacy they launched, how the Harlem Renaissance is reflected in their work, and how today’s youth carry on the tradition in the freshest new music.

With curriculum for advance preparation, a stimulating and interactive performance format, live cameras giving everyone an up-close view of the action on a big screen, and the thrilling sound of one of the world’s great orchestras, Young People’s Concerts for Schools consistently receive top ratings from teachers for education value.

Resource Materials for Teachers (PDF)

Teacher Survey

Elementary School Student Survey

Middle and High School Student Survey

Joshua Gersen, conductor
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
    Dianne Berkun-Menaker, artistic director
Celeste Headlee, narrator
Terrance McKnight, narrator
Theodore Wiprud, host

William Grant Still Selections from Lenox Avenue
Very Young Composers New Works composed by students, inspired by Harlem
Duke Ellington (arr. Henderson and Peress) Selections from Harlem

Concert Submission

Be a part of the Young People’s Concerts for Schools!

Submission Form (due January 12)
Release Form

Elementary Schools Concerts (grades 3–6)

Thursday, February 1, 2018 10:30am–11:30am Sold out
Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00pm–1:00pm
Friday, February 2, 2018 11:00am–12:00pm Sold out
Friday, February 2, 2018 12:30pm–1:30pm

Teachers' Workshop Wed, November 1, 2017 4:00–6:00 PM


Middle and High Schools Concerts (grades 6–12)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:30am–11:30am Sold out
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00pm–1:00pm Sold out

Teachers' Workshop Mon, October 30, 2017 4:00–6:00 PM



$8 per student

More Ways To Engage

Young People's Concerts Play!
Watch the famous Young People’s Concerts in your classroom or home. Welcome to a library of educational concerts available for on-demand streaming, along with a host of interactive features to help you get even more out of the concert experience. Learn more

Open Rehearsals
Attend a real Philharmonic rehearsal! From September to June — on 26 week-day mornings — you and your school group have the opportunity to watch the Philharmonic at work. Learn more.

Student Rush
Students can purchase $18.00 rush tickets for select concerts up to 10 days before the concert.
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Lead support for Young People’s Concerts for Schools is provided by the Mary and James G. Wallach Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Additional major support is provided by Evalyn E. and Stephen E. Milman, The Brodsky Family Foundation, and The Carson Family Charitable Trust.

This program is also supported, in part, by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Sculco, the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Mary P. Oenslager Student Concert Endowment Fund.

New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist positions are funded by The Susan W. Rose Fund for Teaching Artists.