February 28 - March 1, 2024

Concerts for Youth

This concert experience features all-new participatory selections and explores the rhythms of the rails and the music of the Irish Immigrants who built the plains segment of the transcontinental railroad. These concerts blend music literacy and cultural competency skills as we connect the music we play to the neighborhoods of Omaha.

The innovative tradition of Margre Durham’s Concerts for Youth continues with seamless integration of music and academic curriculums, dazzling visual media, and engaging interactive structures that are adaptable to body percussion, singing or playing along.

Curriculum, professional development, and continued support will be provided to all educators implementing this program.

$5 per student includes curriculum and a concert experience!

2023-24 Participatory Selections

  • "Three Blind Mice"
  • "Irish Washerwoman" (with body percussion!)
  • "The Parting Glass"
  • "Rattlin' Bog"

Click here to find the educator resources page.

Educator Info Session

September 22, 2023 • 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Holland Center

We invite you to a networking session with fellow music educators. The lead teacher and symphony education teams will be there to answer any questions you may have about this year's concert. Join us for refreshments and conversation and stay for Omaha Symphony’s performance featuring incredible pianist and educator, Emanuel Ax.

New this year: All curriculum support will be pre-recorded for reference as you need it.


“The best experience of my life!”
–Omaha, NE Student

“This program and its resources have had a DIRECT impact on our instrumental music programs. Students' reading levels are quite a few pages ahead in the books at the same time of year as other schools who do not participate in this program.”

–Omaha, NE Educator

“The song selections were great and very age appropriate!! As we left, one 4th grade boy said, 'I didn't know it, but I love the symphony!!' Thank you for all you do to give our students this experience.”
-Blair, NE Educator

Designed to address the following standards:

Nebraska Standards for Education:
Music: FA 5.4.1-3, FA 8.4.1-3
Social Studies: 3.3.1, SS 5.4.2, SS 5.4.3, 6.3.1, 6.3.4

Iowa Core Standards:
Fine Arts Alignment, General Music: 1 – 7
Social Studies: SS 4.10, SS 4.21, SS 4.22, SS 5.9, SS 5.19, SS 6.14