Each school year the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra partners with the Dubuque Community School District and schools from the surrounding region to present a full symphony concert for 3rd grade and 5th grade students.
The 3rd Grade Arts Trek concerts began on March 4, 1988. These 40-minute concerts are designed to introduce the students to a symphony orchestra and the instruments and instrument families that make up an orchestra.
For many of the students this will be their first experience listening to live symphonic music.
The 5th Grade Arts Trek concerts began on September 9, 2011. The 5th grade Arts Trek concerts explore the history of music, and the variety of genres that an orchestra can play. We feature other live performers on this concert, including a ballerina, opera singer and rap artist to demonstrate how orchestras often collaborate with other artists. For many students this will be their second symphony orchestra experience, having also attended the 3rd Grade Arts Trek concert.
Our greatest hope is that the students will be inspired to make music themselves - choosing to sing in a choir or play an instrument when the opportunity is presented.