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Class Act


Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

The Frieda Belinfante Class Act partnership connects Pacific Symphony to a select number of Orange County elementary schools each year. Schools are invited to participate in this unique partnership program through a competitive application process.

Class Act strives to enhance existing school music programs by providing additional musical experience through the Symphony. Focusing on five main "contact points" with schools, the program works to increase awareness of and involvement with symphonic music for elementary school students, their families and educators.

Each year, students form a relationship with a new Symphony musician who serves as a "Class Act teaching artist," through activities including classroom lessons, ensemble performances, assemblies and either a Youth Concert at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for older students or an Interactive Performance on-site for younger students. All activities feature the music of the Class Act Composer of the Year.

Teacher Workshops, given on-site at partner schools, foster high-quality classroom instruction and offer curricular materials designed to enhance the objectives of the program. Dedicated volunteers from each school form the backbone of the program, and allow for a true partnership experience.

This year Class Act will explore the theme of “Trials to Triumph” through the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and other composers. Class Act has been selected as one of the nine most exemplary music education programs in the United States by the League of American Orchestras and the National Endowment for the Arts.

APPLY FOR CLASS ACT

The Class Act application process for the 2017-2018 school year is now complete and applications for 2017-2018 are no longer being accepted. If your school is interested in learning more about Class Act for 2018-2019, or would like to be added to our Interest List to receive information on applying to Class Act in the future, please review the Class Act Program Overview below.

If you have questions about Class Act or the application process, please contact Carrie Villanueva, manager of education, at (714) 876-2347 or cvillanueva@pacificsymphony.org.

School Team Resources

  

Information about Past Composers