Educational Programs

Prelude Concerts Ensemble Performances Master Classes SOUND CHECK Card Harmony Grants
Young People's Concerts First Coast Nutcracker Jump Start Strings Instrument Zoo Teacher Discounts


Educational Concerts

Prelude Concerts and Young People’s Concerts bring children to Jacoby Symphony Hall to experience live symphonic music as a catalyst for enhancing academic performance and fostering creativity and social development. The programs feature works especially selected for students in Grades 2 & 3 and Grades 4 & 5, and encourage the students to listen, analyze and creatively describe music. Teachers’ Guides and companion audio CDs outline suggested activities for pre- and post-concert lessons including cross curricular activities. The Teachers’ Guides incorporate curriculum based concepts from Sunshine State Standards, a nationally recognized curriculum initiative used in Florida.

Attendance at these concerts should be considered as early as possible. Tickets are $5 per student with one chaperone free for every 10 paid students.

If your class would like to attend one of these concerts please download and fill out the CONCERT REQUEST FORM and return to Tony Kamnikar, Education and Community Programs Manager - email

Prelude Concerts - For students in grades 2 & 3
Duval County programs sponsored by Duval County Public Schools

"Peter and the Wolf" -- Prelude Concerts are educational and entertaining and introduce young listeners to classical music, the instruments of the Symphony Orchestra and to the live concert experience. The JSO presents the kid-favorite Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev’s fun musical tale in which Peter and a myriad of animals are brought to life by the instruments of the orchestra. 


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.

Friday, November 1, 2013 at 10:30 a.m

Duval County Public Schools are free, reservations required.
All other schools: tickets are $5. Click here for a Concert Request Form.

Home School tickets my be purchased for the November 1st performance.  

Young People's Concerts - For students in grades 4 & 5
Duval County programs sponsored by Duval County Public Schools

"The Orchestra Rocks" -- One universal element of music is rhythm.  Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. Your challenge is to find out what makes the orchestra rock.  Each student is provided with their own workbook and attends the interactive, culminating concert where they sing or play the recorder with the orchestra. Curriculum is from Link Up, a program of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.

Duval County Public Schools are free, reservations required.
All other schools: tickets are $5. Click here for a Concert Request Form.

Home School tickets may be purchased for the May 6th performance at 11:30 am. 

Educational Ensemble Performances

Duval County programs sponsored by Duval County Public Schools

Jacksonville Symphony musicians visit local elementary and middle schools and after-school programs. These in-school presentations include musical performances, instrument demonstrations, student participation and question & answer sessions. Although our performances are valued at $600 each, fees are negotiable. Performances are available in the morning or afternoon.

To request an Ensemble Concert, download and fill out the ENSEMBLE REQUEST FORM and return to Tony Kamnikar, Education and Community Programs Manager - email

Available Ensemble Dates are listed on the Ensemble Request Form.

First Coast Nutcracker

Through the combination of Tchaikovsky’s engaging music played Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra illustrated with lively choreography, noted guest artists, beautiful costumes and fabulous sets contribute to a grand introduction to classical music and dance for young people and quality entertainment for adults. Four full-length performances will be offered in the Moran Theater at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on December 6, 7 and 8, 2013.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here to visit J SYM Patron Services or contact by phone at 904.354.5547.

First Coast Nutcracker Educational Performances

Thursday, December 5, at 9:45 am & 11:15 am
Friday, December 6, at 9:45 am & 11:15 am

Students may attend a performance of the first act of the ballet at 9:45am ($6), the second act at 11:15am ($6) or both acts ($10). For reservations, email or call 904-354-4092. Reservation forms are available online at First Coast Nutcracker educational performances will be held in the Moran Theatre of the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

TEACHERS: For Educational performance of First Coast Nutcracker, click to for reservations and information.


Master Classes with Guest Soloists

The Jacksonville Symphony presents public master classes by world renowned artists free of charge. Visiting guest artists work with local music students in a master class format. To participate, call (904) 354-5657.

2013-2014 Master Classes - DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.


The Jump Start Strings music education program serves nearly 100 underserved children in grades 3, 4, and 5 in four Duval County after-school programs run by Communities in Schools (CIS). J SYM musicians provide violin, cello and bass instruction one day per week and CIS programs assistants supervise two practice days at S. A. Hull Elementary, Pickett Elementary, Reynolds Lane Elementary and Woodland Acres Elementary schools.

If you are interested in participating in this program please contact Peggy Toussant, Jump Start Strings Coordinator, at 904-354-5479 ext. 286 or by email at

Sound Check Cards

The Sound Check Card is the student pass to the Jacksonville Symphony. For $25, the Sound Check Card offers student age 25 and under access to Masterworks, Friday Fusion and Coffee concerts for an entire season. Parents are in the club, too, and can attend with their child for $10. To purchase Sound Check, visit the JSO Box Office or contact by phone at 904-354-5547.

Student Rush Tickets

Students can purchase $10 rush tickets an hour and half before any Masterworks, Fusion or Coffee concert for $10. Rush tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis and are subject to availability. Students MUST present a valid student ID at the JSO Box Office to purchase tickets. One ticket per person.

Instrument Zoo

The Instrument Zoo is an outreach program provided by volunteers from the Jacksonville Symphony Guild, who visit schools and demonstrate how musical sounds are created. Children have a direct, hand-on experience of trying out a full array of orchestral instruments (strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion) brought by the volunteers. Additionally, the Instrument Zoo is featured in the lobby during the EverBank Family Series pre-concert activities. For information about the Guild's Instrument Zoo, email

Harmony Grants

The Guild of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra recognizes the value and importance of music education in our public schools. To that end, they proudly sponsor the Harmony Grants program to provide funding to public schools in four northeast Florida counties (Duval, Clay, St. Johns, and Nassau) to enhance their music education programs.

Click here for Harmony Grant information and application.

Teacher Ticket Discounts

Teachers receive a 50% discount through J SYM Patron Services for Masterworks, Fusion and Coffee Concerts. One ticket per teacher. Check for availability by calling 904.354.5547.