Open Rehearsals for Students

Students watching The Philadelphia Orchestra
For Middle and High School Students

Don’t miss the opportunity to go behind the scenes and watch The Philadelphia Orchestra at work in rehearsal, where students have the opportunity to observe first-hand the artistic collaboration between world-class musicians and conductors. Open Rehearsals begin promptly and include a 20-minute break. If necessary, groups may leave during this intermission, which occurs approximately one hour into the rehearsal.

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Open Rehearsals for Students are supported by the Annenberg Foundation.


2019–20 Philadelphia Orchestra Open Rehearsals for Students

Group registration is now open:



All Open Rehearsals occur at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 

Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations

February 27 10:30 AM – 1 PM
Edward Gardner Conductor
Paul Jacobs Organ 

Britten Sinfonia da Requiem
Daugherty Once Upon a Castle, for organ and orchestra
Elgar “Enigma” Variations

BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 5 & 6 

March 12  10:30 AM – 1 PM SOLD OUT
Yannick Nézet-Séguin  Conductor  

Habibi Work in Dialogue with Beethoven (world premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra commission)
Beethoven  Symphony No. 5 
Beethoven  Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”) 

Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich 

April 30  10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Tugan Sokhiev  Conductor 
Lukas Geniušas  Piano 

Firsova  The Garden of Dreams: Hommage to Shostakovich
Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich  Symphony No. 5

Open Rehearsal Policies

School groups will be limited to reservations at only one Open Rehearsal per season. Any requests for reservations at additional rehearsals should be communicated to [email protected] and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If your group cannot make its scheduled rehearsal, please contact the Orchestra at [email protected] as soon as possible, so that your seats can be released to groups on the waiting list. Failure to notify the Orchestra of your cancellation prior to the Open Rehearsal may jeopardize your schools’ ability to attend open rehearsals in the following season.


Program notes may be found on our website typically one week prior to the start of the concert series. Use these resources in the classroom to supplement music history, literacy, and general curriculum materials.