March 1 - March 4, 2022

Concerts for Youth

New for 21-22, in response to feedback from school districts, we will combine the outstanding recorder curriculum of Link Up and the cross-curricular experience of Concerts for Youth into one interactive experience. This concert will feature Swing and Jazz repertoire and explore the incredible history of Jazz in Omaha in partnership with the Great Plains Black History Museum.

Choose the performance based on how your school elects to participate. All types of involvement are welcome at every concert.

“Swing” is many things. It’s a distinctive rhythmic feel; a musical era dominated by big band jazz; a style of dance that grew alongside the music; and that elusive but unmistakable feeling that results when musicians are deeply tuned into each other and playing in sync, or “in the pocket.” Though swing is characteristic of jazz, an orchestra can also swing. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with an orchestra and jazz ensemble, we will explore the elements that contribute to that magical moment when the orchestra starts to swing.

$5 per student includes curriculum and a concert experience!

2021-22 Participatory Selections

  • "Duke's Place"
  • "I Got Rhythm"
  • "It Don't Mean a Thing"
  • "When the Saints Go Marching In"
  • Student Composition

Educator Info Session

September 24, 2021 • 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Holland Center

This hybrid session provides an overview of this year’s program, important performance details, and networking opportunities with fellow educators. Following the session, attendees are invited to attend the Omaha Symphony’s performance featuring our new Music Director Ankush Kumar Bahl and soloist Aaron Diehl on piano.


“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: 5.3.4, SS 5.3.5, SS 5.4.1, SS 5.4.2, SS 5.4.3

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