High School Concert Program


Each year, the Austin Symphony (ASO) participates in an annual High School Concert Program, performing at five to seven area high schools and serving approximately 4,000 students. Interdisciplinary in approach, the current theme is Musical Transcendence: Resisting Oppression. Previous themes have been Musical Resilience: Overcoming Adversity and Romeo and Juliet: The Nature of Conflict. The 45-minute program features a side-by-side for outstanding band and orchestra students from participating schools.

Connecting with Music: Austin Interdisciplinary Initiative

For the 2021-2022 season, the ASO received a fifth year of funding from the NEA to continue with its Connecting Music Initiative in partnership with AISD. This program is a semester-long humanities-based, thematic, interdisciplinary learning initiative using the concert repertoire to explore personal and academic connections to symphonic music. At the culmination of the project, students share original works based on the theme.

2022 Repertoire—
Musical Transcendence: Resisting Oppression

ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance Military Marches: March No. 4 in G Major, Op. 39
WEILL/Platen “Blues Potpourri” from Three Penny Opera
WAGNER Die Meistersinger: Prelude to Act 1
WILLIAMS Born on the Fourth of July
MONCAYO Huapango
SIBELIUS Finlandia, Op. 21