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 six 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.
In 2019-20, the program’s 25th anniversary season, Class Act explores the music of John Williams and the theme of “Symphony at the Movies.”
APPLY FOR CLASS ACT
Applications for Class Act 2019-20 are now CLOSED.
Applications for Class Act 2020-21 will be available in March 2020.
School Team Resources
Teacher Workshop Resources
Information about Past Composers
- 2018-19 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- 2017-18 Ludwig van Beethoven
- 2016-17 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- 2015-16 Antonio Vivaldi
- 2014-15 Leonard Bernstein
- 2013-14 George Gershwin
- 2012-13 Camille Saint-Saëns
- 2011-12 Aaron Copland
- 2010-11 Ludwig van Beethoven
- 2009-10 Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky
- 2008-09 Leonard Bernstein
- 2007-08 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- 2006-07 Sergei Prokofiev
- 2005-06 George Gershwin