High School Concerts

The full Austin Symphony Orchestra (ASO) participates in an annual High School Concert tour, this year traveling to five high schools and serving approximately 4,000 students. Thematic and interdisciplinary in approach, the theme for 2019 is “Musical Resilience: Overcoming Adversity.” The 45-minute program features a side-by-side for band and orchestra students from participating schools. For the 2018-2019 season, the ASO received a fourth year of funding from the NEA to continue with the Connecting Music Initiative with AISD. This program is a semester long thematic, interdisciplinary learning initiative around the concert repertoire. At the culmination of the project, students share original works based on the theme.

A special highlight of these concerts is showcasing outstanding band and orchestra students from each school, who play side-by-side with ASO musicians.

2019 Playlist

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio
BOULANGER D’un matin de printemps
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93: II. Allegro
STILL Symphony No. 1 (“Afro-American Symphony”): III. Animato
WILLIAMS Star Wars Suite for Orchestra: I. Main Title
KORNGOLD Kings Row: Fanfare
TCHAIKOVSKY March Slav, Op. 31


The James C. Armstrong Youth Education Endowment