Youth Concerts

The CUSO Youth Concerts, originally known as the KinderKonzerts, provide elementary school students in Champaign County a live symphonic musical experience in the Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Over 3,000 area students attend these concerts every year, and the popular concert series draws students from a 50-mile radius. Participating teachers also receive an Educator’s Guide and recordings to help enhance their students’ concert experience and musical education.

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra first performed the KinderKonzerts in 1964. Early on, the concerts were in Foellinger Auditorium, but their popularity necessitated a move first to the Assembly Hall and then to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, where concerts have been held since 1975. 

The CUSO recognizes the importance of engaging future generations with classical music. The Youth Concerts are a critical part of the CUSO's mission and opportunity we are proud to provide.

2015 Youth Concerts
On April 1-2, 2015, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra will presented its annual Youth Concerts in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in the Foellinger Great Hall. Four performances are offered this season:

Wednesday, April 1, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Thursday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Each concert is approximately 50 minutes long.

These concerts are produced by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the University of Illinois School of Music Office of Public Engagement and the Guild of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. The Youth Concerts are sponsored in part by the City of Urbana Public Arts Commission, The Robeson Family Benefit Fund, the Curtis C. Nash Children's Creativity Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council.


The CUSO explores the many sounds and colors of the symphony orchestra in "The Orchestra's Rainbow of Color." Featuring Rossini's William Tell Overture, excerpts from Tchaikovksy's Symphony No. 4, and more, Maestro Stephen Alltop and the CUSO will engage students in an interactive performance demonstrating the instruments of the orchestra and how composers use different instruments for different effects.


Visit the University of Illinois School of Music's website for registration instructions (available soon) and more. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Boaz at (217) 333-1580. Schools are accepted in the order in which the online applications are received. Schools applying after a specific concert is closed will be contacted to see if an alternate concert time is possible. 

Participating teachers can download an Educator’s Guide and audio recordings of the works performed inthe concert. The guide introduces the composers and works heard in each performance and also includes information about the concert experience, listening work sheets, and the instruments of the orchestra.

The fee for the concerts is $2.00 per student. This fee helps defray some of the administrative costs of the Youth Concerts, including production of teaching materials. Please visit to learn more about registration and payment.


Bus parking will be provided around the Krannert Center. Metered parking for automobiles and smaller vans is available on the North side of both levels of the Krannert Center. Metered parking is also available in various spaces around the Krannert Center.

2014 Youth Concerts
Last April, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra presented its annual Youth Concerts in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in the Foellinger Great Hall. 

The CUSO explored all sorts of musical styles, from Renaissance to Ragtime and from Romantic to Rock 'n' Roll. This fun and interactive program featured Matthew Naughtin's Birthday Variations and selections from masterpieces across the ages. 

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