Due to multiple factors surrounding COVID-19, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has made the decision to transition from in-person to digital performances for The Composer is Dead: A Slightly Spooky Musical Mystery and Forte Forecast: A Wet and Windy Musical Adventure. We hope to resume in-person concerts in February 2022.



Each year over 30,000 students in grades K-12 experience the wonder of live orchestral music through MSO Concerts for Schools. These curriculum-based programs feature great works of the vast symphonic repertoire performed by the professional musicians of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Educational and engaging concert narration, preparation materials, and classroom visits by Forte Volunteer League docents give students the knowledge needed to grasp the music in greater depth. By understanding works in context, students develop a lifelong desire to hear orchestral music and a personal connection to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

2021.22 Concerts for Schools Season Brochure

Register for concerts in the 2021.22 Concerts for Schools Season!

Digital Performances will be available for approximately 30 days. Registered teachers will be sent a link to the concert when it becomes available.



The safety of our audiences, musicians and staff will always be our first priority. Safety measures such as masking and social distancing will be put in place based on CDC and state and local health department guidelines. Policies and procedures will be clearly communicated on our website and in pre-concert preparation materials. Concert capacity may also be affected.


Concert Location

Seating will be assigned based on group size and accessibility needs.

Bradley Symphony Center, 212 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
Plan your route to the Bradley Symphony Center at maps.google.com.


lunch space availability

Reservations for lunch space will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Two weeks advance notice is required. Please contact the MSO Education Department at 414.226.7886 or email at edu@mso.org for pricing information and further reservation details.



For all concerts, 1 complimentary chaperone ticket will be offered for every 10 paid student seats. We recommend that children under the age of three do not attend Concerts for Schools. All attendees, excluding complimentary chaperone seats, need to have a paid ticket regardless of age.


Educational Materials

An MSO Teacher Resource Guide is provided for each concert. Guides include information about the music and composers, as well as suggested lesson plans and student activities. Lesson plans are specifically written to support Wisconsin’s Academic Content and Performance standards in music, language arts, and other subject areas. Follow the MSO Education Spotify Channel to access the accompanying Audio Guides.


Additional General Resources

Browse additional recommended online and print resources to aid in concert preparation and to introduce students to the orchestra.

The MSO thanks the following funders for generous annual support that makes Concerts for Schools program possible: the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) Kasey’s Fund; the Herzfeld Foundation, WEC Energy Group, the Townsend Foundation, and the Eleanor N. Wilson and Irene Edelstein Memorial Funds as administered by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Concerts for Schools is also supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Milwaukee Arts Board, and Milwaukee County CAMPAC. All MSO education programs are supported in part by an endowment from the Hearst Foundations.