Elementary School Concerts

Each season up to 35,000 students from over 400 schools and home-schools attend the Vancouver Symphony’s Elementary School Concerts. An entertaining combination of orchestral music, theatre and video technology, the VSO school concerts provide students from kindergarten to grade 7 with a fun, educational and interactive live music experience.





Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018-2019 Elementary School Concerts, they have now finished. The 2019-2020 concerts will be taking place on November 13, 14 and 15 & February 19, 20, and 21. For more information check in this Summer. 



Here’s some answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Vancouver Symphony’s Elementary School Concerts presented by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

How do schools register?
There are several ways to register for an Elementary School concert:

  1. Order online (credit card only) – Fill out online ordering request form
    If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Kett: 
    604.684.9100 ext. 246 / ryankett@vancouversymphony.ca
  2. Download the order form and mail (credit card or cheque payment)
  3. Complete the order form (mailed to schools in September) and mail it with your deposit or full payment

    Mailing address:
    Education, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
    500-833 Seymour Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 0G4
    Telephone reservations will not be accepted.

    Where are the concerts held?
    At the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Vancouver, located on the corner of Smithe and Seymour Streets. Please use the Smithe Street entrance upon arrival.

    What time do the concerts start and how early should we arrive?
    We have two performances scheduled daily when presenting elementary school concerts and they begin at 10:00am and 12:00noon. The doors will open 45 minutes before each performance so please arrive in plenty of time to be settled in your seats 10 minutes before the concert begins.

    How long is the concert?
    Approximately 50 minutes.

    What is the cost?
    Guests: $8.50 (incl. GST)
    Teachers: One teacher per class admitted free of charge. Special Needs Assistants admitted free of charge.
    Chaperones: One guest per 10 guests will be free.
    Additional Guests: $8.50 (incl. GST)

    We are pleased to inform you that the ArtStarts Cherniavsky ‘Mr. Music’ Fund offers grants to schools to assist in purchasing student tickets to classical music concerts.  Please be aware that the deadline to apply is early November. For more information, visit www.artstarts.com.

    When is payment required?
    Full payment is require no later than 3 weeks before the concert.

    You may choose to pay in full, or hold your seats with a non-refundable 10% deposit, the remaining balance to arrive 3 weeks prior to the concert. VSO Education reserves the right to cancel any order submitted but not paid for by the payment deadline.

    Refunds are not given except in the event of a cancellation by the VSO.

    How are seats assigned?
    Seating is assigned on a FIRST PAID IN FULL – BEST SEATING basis. Deposits hold your preferred concert date and seats are assigned as complete payment is received.

    Can we eat our lunch at the Orpheum?
    Sorry, no food or drink is allowed throughout the Orpheum Theatre. Alternate locations may be Robson Square (if weather permits) or the large public lobby of the Vancouver Public Library. Both are 2-3 blocks from the Theatre.

    All schools and homeschools are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the theatre. However, the VSO liaises with the City of Vancouver to assist with drop-off/pick-up zones for School buses. This information is included in your concert day information (sent out one week before concert date.) We advise Parent drivers to check the Vancouver Easy Park website before arrival: www.easypark.ca

    Is there study guide material?
    Study guides, support material and music files will be available to download in September from the Elementary School Concerts webpage.

    Hardcopies of the study guide package can be added to your order for $19.95 per pack.

    Can we take pictures of the orchestra?
    Sorry, no cameras, video or tape recorders are permitted in the hall.

    Other Questions?
    If you have a question that is not answered here, please call the Vancouver Symphony’s Education Department at 604.684.9100 or contact us by email at education@vancouversymphony.ca