Young People's Concerts

Berton Family Young People's Concerts: Season 2018-19

Berton Family Young People's Concerts have come to a successful conclusion for the 2018-19 season!
Check back to this page later this summer for the announcement of our 2019-20 season
of Young People’s Concerts!

“Thank you so much for helping to amaze and enthrall our 4th graders! Your performance captivated them and kept them engaged from start to finish!” - 4th grade teacher, Foussat Elementary

San Diego Symphony offers a creative learning opportunity in a concert format especially for elementary and middle school students as a fieldtrip experience! Teachers and students are invited to attend these 50-minute concerts at the Jacobs Music Center designed to introduce schoolchildren to the world of classical music. Tickets are only $5 per person! Most appropriate for students in grades 2-8.

Previous Concerts

Download our concert Learning Guide for parents and teachers!

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
(10:00 a.m. performance is now SOLD OUT!)
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
(10:00 a.m. performance is now SOLD OUT!)

Sameer Patel, conductor

Find out ABOUT science in MUSIC and the MUSIC in science. Put on scientist’s goggles and look at the DNA of music and how it move us. Imagination required!

CURRICULUM CONNECTION: Physics, Engineering, Technology

NOTE: Though these YPC performances are now sold out, plenty of tickets are still available for the Family Concert Series presentation of A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra on Sunday, February 3 at 2pm, Copley Symphony Hall! Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-13. (Ages 2 and below may attend for free, sitting in an adult's lap.)
Download our concert Learning Guide for parents and teachers!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
(10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. performances are now SOLD OUT!)
Thursday, February 7, 2019
(10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. performances are now SOLD OUT!)

Sameer Patel, conductor

In this introduction to the orchestra, learn about the musical concept of a fugue and how people build on past ideas to inspire and create new works.

CURRICULUM CONNECTION: History, Social Studies, Creativity, World Cultures
(Coming Soon: Concert Learning Guide for parents and teachers!)


Questions about Berton Family Young People's Concerts?

Contact Emily Persinko
Learning and Community Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 619.237.1967

Also, check our Berton Family Young Peoples Concerts Frequently Asked Questions!

Advocates for Classical Music

Advocates for Classical Music is a non-profit organization that was established in 1996 to build future audiences for classical music. These dedicated volunteers provide presentations to school children who attend the San Diego Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts. Docent programs are available by contacting Aveline von Ehrenberg, Education Vice-President with the Advocates for Classical Music, at

Ticket underwriting is provided by the following organizations, companies and foundations:
Advocates for Classical Music, Fidelity Investments, County Employees' Charitable Organization, Leichtag Family Foundation, Ryde Family Memorial Fund and The Tippett Foundation.
Good manners are essential in every situation. Click here for our Concert Manners Guide


Docent Visits

Advocates for Classical Music (AFCM) offer docent visits at your school site approximately two weeks before your concert date. These 30-45  minute presentations are fun and informative, extending the educational value of the Young People's Concert. Typical visits include one or two volunteers who will introduce your students to the instrumental families of the orchestra, engage them in fun listening activities using the music you’ll hear on the concert and discuss concert manners. Docents also provide teachers with a recording of the music and a curriculum guide for additional instruction. Docent visits are offered free of charge to all schools attending the YPCs. To request a docent for your class, check the appropriate box on the YPC reservation form or email AFCM's Vice President of Education, Aveline von Ehrenberg at

Transportation to Concerts

San Diego Symphony currently has a fund to help Title 1 schools in San Diego County with transportation to our Young People's Concerts. If your school needs this assistance, let us know by checking the appropriate box on the reservation form. Please note: Because the Symphony wants to assist as many schools as possible with limited funds, our policy is to help either with the cost of transportation or the cost of tickets. Funding is given on a first come, first served basis. CLICK HERE for bus instructions!

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