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Open Rehearsals for Students


Experience The Philadelphia Orchestra like never before!

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. Students 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.

We encourage college students to check out eZseatU memberships, which offer the opportunity to see UNLIMITED Philadelphia Orchestra concerts all season for only $25!

Open Rehearsals for Students are supported by the Annenberg Foundation.

Pre-Rehearsal Conversation

In the 2018-19 season, we will not be holding Pre-Rehearsal Conversations. When available, Q&A sessions with musicians, conductors, or guest artists will take place during the rehearsal break.


2018-19 Philadelphia Orchestra Open Rehearsals for Students

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

The Rite of Spring
 Rehearsal Full

October 18 10:30 AM
Stéphane Denève Conductor
Peter Richard Conte Organ

Milhaud The Creation of the World
Poulenc Organ Concerto
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Viva España!
Rehearsal Full

February 7 10:30 AM
Cristian Măcelaru Conductor
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Chabrier  España
Rodrigo  Concierto andaluz, for four guitars and orchestra
Falla  El amor brujo
Ravel  Rapsodie espagnole

Brahms and Central Europe
Rehearsal Full

February 21 10:30 AM
Andrés Orozco-Estrada Conductor
Ricardo Morales Clarinet

Janáček  Taras Bulba
Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 2
Brahms Symphony No. 3

Mendelssohn and Schubert
Rehearsal Full

March 7 10:30 AM
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Jan Lisiecki Piano

Haydn Overture to L'isola disabitata
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1
Schubert Symphony in C major ("Great")

Tchaikovsky and Elgar
Rehearsal Full

May 2 10:00 AM
Stéphane Denève Conductor
Nikolaj Znaider Violin

Elgar Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky 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 HEAR@philorch.org and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If your group cannot make its scheduled rehearsal, please contact the Orchestra at HEAR@philorch.org 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 online at www.philorch.org, 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.

Open Rehearsals for Students are supported by the Annenberg Foundation.