Symphony-to-Go: Bringing the Music to You

Want to experience classical music and connect with accomplished professional musicians? The South Bend Symphony Orchestra takes the music out of the concert hall and into the regional communities. The Symphony has three small ensembles that are available to provide entertaining, engaging, and educational programs, free of charge for non-profit organizations. From schools to retirement communities, from libraries to civic organizations, our musicians will perform one of their customized programs program just for you!

Each Symphony-to-Go performance will take place during the days before the weekend of a the Symphony concert. Some dates may become unavailable if there are changes to the rehearsal schedule later in the season.

Please note: Performances are booked based on availability. All requests must be made no later than 50 days prior to the requested date. 

For a complete and up-to-date listing of available dates, please contact Christina Gibson, Director of Education cgibson@southbendsymphony.org or 574-232-6343.

FAQs

What is the Symphony-to-Go Program?

The Symphony-to-Go Program brings the music to you! The program offers three different small ensembles that perform around the Michiana area. Symphony-to- Go ensembles are also able to provide workshops and masterclasses for area music programs.

Each group has several different programs they use depending on the age of each audience or the location of the performance. Our Symphony-to- Go ensembles are always glad to answer questions from the audience. When performing for younger audiences the ensembles introduce each instrument and talk about the music.

  • String Quintet: Two violins, viola, cello, and bass
  • Wind Quintet: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and F horn
  • Brass Trio: Trumpet, F horn, tuba

Where do the Symphony-to-Go ensembles perform?

Symphony-to-Go ensembles perform for various groups in the Michiana area such as: schools, early childhood programs, civic organizations, senior living facilities, libraries, and other non-profit organizations.

How do I reserve a Symphony-to-Go Performance?

To reserve a performance or workshop, please download the registration form from our website and mail or email it to the Director of Education (cgibson@southbendsymphony.org). If you are unable to access the form, please send the following information to the Director of Education:

  1. Date and time of the performance
  2. The name of the organization
  3. The location where the ensemble will be performing
  4. Name and contact information
  5. A brief description of the audience (early childhood, adults, seniors)

* All requests must be submitted no later than 50 days prior to the performance or workshop.

What if I want to reserve an ensemble for a date that is not listed?

The Symphony-to-Go performances traditionally take place during the days before the weekend of an SBSO concert. However, there are occasional dates that become available throughout the season. If you are interested in another date, other than those listed, please contact Christina Gibson, Director of Education cgibson@southbendsymphony.org or 574-232-6343.

How should my organization prepare for a Symphony-to-Go ensemble?

Organizations hosting a Symphony-to-Go ensemble will need to provide:

  • Chairs, without arms, for each member of the ensemble
  • Enough light to read music
  • A microphone, if the audience requires one
  • The musicians will bring their own music stands.

Each Symphony-to- Go performance will take place during the days before the weekend of an SBSO concert and would like to encourage concert attendance! In order to provide our community with entertainment at no cost, we would like to continue to reach out to a larger audience. You can assist us by promoting the upcoming South Bend Symphony Orchestra concert. We would be happy to provide you with promotional materials.

For senior and adult audience members, we would like to ask for contact information so we can provide them with information about upcoming South Bend Symphony Orchestra concerts and events.

In order to provide the Symphony-to-Go program available to the community, all venues will be required to provide an accurate attendance record for the performance. This information will be used for grant writing and funding purposes.

For additional information, please contact:
Christina Gibson, Director of Education
Phone: 574-232-6343
Email: cgibson@southbendsymphony.org

Shein Family Young People’s Discovery Concerts

For over 30 years, the Symphony has introduced thousands of area elementary school students to the world of symphonic music in an exciting and engaging concert designed especially for them!

Over two days and four concerts, the Shein Family Young People’s Discovery Concerts will share music with over 6,000 area students, teachers, and chaperones from 75 school groups!

The YPDC concert was outstanding! You did such a great job intertwining math and music on a 3rd Grade level.
And, THANK YOU for playing Star Wars! Great music, great memories.

Dawn Orvis, Fine Arts Curriculum Facilitator SBCSC

What a fabulous concert. Our students (and staff) were enthralled. Thank you for this superior presentation.

Terry Foley, Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes

I have been to many of your concerts over the years, and this one I thought is the best!
Wonderful educational presentations on math and music; wonderful selection of music and performance!

Zhutian Zhang, Michiana Catholic Homeschool

The program was fabulous and all the materials will support instruction.

Patty Karban, Principal Harrison Primary Center

Thank you for the performance today. After today, I have definitely changed the way I think about music.

Maria Alejandra Regueiro, Marquette Montessori

Contact

For more information regarding our education and community engagement opportunities, please contact Christina Gibson, SBSO Director of Education, at (574) 232-6343.

Concert Sponsors

This Series is sponsored by:

Cari and Barry Shein​


Support provided in part by:

  • John, Anna and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation
  • The Harvey R. and Doris Klockow Foundation
  • Psi Iota Xi
  • South Bend Area Music Teachers Association

If you have any questions regarding the application or the audition requirements, please contact:

Christina Gibson, Director of Education
Phone: 574-232-6343
Email: cgibson@southbendsymphony.org

Play-Along with South Bend Symphony

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra featuring musicians from the South Bend Community!

Enjoy a free concert at the park and even play along with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in the late summer months. Please check back for dates and more information.