Children's Education Program of Performing Arts Fort Worth
Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW) offers children of Fort Worth and surrounding communities the opportunity to embrace the joy of live performance in the celebrated Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall. For more information about these programs and to make reservations, please contact Sue Buratto, PAFW Director of Education, at

Peter and the Wolf
February 2-5, 2015
Bass Performance Hall

Performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Texas Ballet Theater, Peter and the Wolf is an enchanting story of an adventurous boy and his bravery in trapping the wolf. Prior to attending the program, 2nd grade students will read a simplified version of Peter and the Wolf and learn to identify instruments of the orchestra both aurally and visually.

Copland and the Common Man: John Henry and Abraham Lincoln
September 23-25, 2015
Bass Performance Hall

The quintessential American composer, Aaron Copland captured the spirit and rhythm of his homeland through works such as Lincoln Portrait, Fanfare for the Common Man, and John Henry. This educational presentation for 5th grade students features curricular connections in American history and cultural heritage, evaluation of musical elements, and language arts/writing.

Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute Link Up Program
Designed by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, this year-long symphonic music study increases performing, creating, and listening skills through classroom instruction and interactive concerts. The Link Up program is currently open only to 4th grade students in the Fort Worth Independent School District. These performances are not open to the public.

The Orchestra Moves
March 9-10, 2016
McKinney Memorial Bible Church

Utilizing materials provided free of charge by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, music teachers in the Fort Worth ISD guide their 4th grade students in exploring symphonic music through a yearlong, hands-on music curriculum. Nearly 7,000 4th graders participate in active music making in the classroom and learn repertoire on the recorder or with their voice.

This season's Link Up program – The Orchestra Moves – explores how composers create musical movement using motifs and melodic direction. The culmination of the yearlong program is a live performance in which students have the opportunity to sing and/or play their recorder along with the Fort Worth Symphony.

Fort Worth Youth Orchestra
The FWSO provides students in the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra with the opportunity to work one-on-one with professional musicians through sectional rehearsals and side-by-side performances. In May 2015, the Youth Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performed together on the Bass Performance Hall stage for the first time ever. For more information about the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, please visit

Glen Rose ISD Cultural Partnership
FWSO's collaboration with the Glen Rose Independent School District includes in-school performances, master classes with high school band members and FWSO principal players, and various other concert experiences throughout the school year.  Through this innovative program, a GRISD student will interact with the Orchestra more than 30 times during their K-12 career.  This partnership is made possible by generous underwriting from the John and Frances Wasilchak Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of North Texas. 

Symphony in Your School
This season, the Fort Worth Symphony invited Title I elementary schools and 6th grade campuses in Fort Worth to apply for the opportunity to partner with the FWSO in the 2015-2016 school year.  Schools selected to participate are provided with multiple opportunities for their students to experience the orchestra throughout the year at no cost, including in-school performances by the full orchestra and chamber ensembles. 

Congratulations to the following schools for being selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Symphony in Your School program!

Bill Elliott Elementary
Carter Park Elementary
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Como Elementary
Diamond Hill Elementary
Greenbriar Elementary
Hubbard Elementary
Lily B. Clayton Elementary
Luella Merrett Elementary
Mendoza Elementary
Natha Howell Elementary
Seminary Hills Elementary
South Hills Elementary
Springdale Elementary
Uplift Meridian Preparatory
Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary
Waverly Park Elementary
Westcliff Elementary