From Tots to Teens

As one of the first organizations in the nation to introduce a program specifically for the youth, we continue to focus on how we can enrich and influence younger generations through music!

RPO Primary Concert: Symphonic School Bus, Conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yañez

Seat belts, everyone! There’s a new teacher in town, and she’s got a field trip to the symphony that’s second to none! Unfortunately, she and her class discover that disaster has struck and the world-renowned musician Gargamini will not be able to perform. It’s up to the students and the Symphony to help their new teacher learn to play Gargamini’s mysterious instrument and save the concert.

By exploring all the different instrument families of the orchestra, students will work to make their own dynamic deductions as to how each family uses vibrations to create music and unlock the secrets of Gargamini’s masterpiece.

Arr. Chris Byars and Enrico Lopez-Yañez – The Symphonic School Bus around the Radio Dial
ANTONIN DVOŘAK – Slavonic Dance, Op. 72, No. 7
FRANZ VON SUPPÉ – Light Cavalry Overture
FELIX MENDELSSOHN – Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY – II. Waltz from Serenade for Strings, Op. 48
CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS- Fossils from Carnival of the Animals
Arr. Matthew Naughtin – “The Wheels on the Bus” Sing Along
JOHN DAVID BEASLEY – Concerto for Zipalobob
JOHANN STRAUSS, JR. – Thunder and Lightning Polka

RPO Intermediate Concert: Dr. FREAKuency’s Sound Lab, Conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yañez

Dr. Freakuency and his lab assistant Bunsen are in need of some young scientists to examine the science of sound. Step into the orchestral laboratory as they explore the aspects of sound production in music. Students will employ the Scientific Method as they investigate scientific and musical concepts including sound waves, frequency and pitch, amplitude and dynamics, and more. This show will have your students observing, hypothesizing, learning and laughing like never before!

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR – Danse négre, Op. 35, No. 4
MANUEL PENELLA | Arr. Alfredo Brito – Pasodoble from El gato montés
ARY BARROSO | Arr. John Wasson – Brasil (Aquarela do Brasil)
GIOACHINO ROSSINI – “Largo al factotum” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia
ANTONIN DVOŘAK – Slavonic Dance, Op. 46 No. 8
ENRICO LOPEZ-YAÑEZ – Star Ride for Electronics and Orchestra

For more information, please contact: Barbara Brown, Director of Education at



As we adjust to social distance guidelines, your RPO is proud to offer resources to inspire, educate, and engage children in the art of music.

Our Education Sponsors

We’re so grateful for all of our sponsors who have assisted us in our efforts to inspire the
younger generations through our education programs:

New York State Council on the Arts
County of Monroe, Cheryl DiNolfo, County Executive
ESL Charitable Foundation
Glover Crask Charitable Trust
Farash Foundation
Cornell Weinstein Family Foundation
Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation
Wilson Foundation
Mary S. Mulligan Charitable Trust
Guido and Ellen Palma Foundation

Real World Experience

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra always has a roster of internationally acclaimed artists in the events calendar. In addition to RPO’s own musical team, many of these musicians and artists are more than happy to include special appearances to local schools during their time with us. Students of all ages are presented with lectures, demonstrations, masterclasses and personal stories from these special guests and our resident musicians.

If you are interested in having an artist attend your school, contact us today!

For more information, please contact:

Barbara Brown, Director of Education at

Honor Those Who Inspire

Each year, RPO opens up nominations for outstanding music educators and professional musicians in the Rochester area.