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Open Rehearsals for Students


Experience The Philadelphia Orchestra like never before!

For High School and College 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 at 10:30 AM, end at 1:00 PM, and include a 20-minute break. If necessary, groups may leave during this intermission, which occurs approximately one hour into the rehearsal.

Open Rehearsals for Students are supported by the Annenberg Foundation.

Pre-Rehearsal Conversation

Enrich this educational experience by attending a Pre-Rehearsal Conversation with one of the artists involved in the rehearsal. These half-hour talks begin at 9:45 AM and provide valuable insight and a personal connection to the music. Held in the Kimmel Center’s Rendell Room, the Pre-Rehearsal Conversation is limited to 150 participants.

2017-18 Philadelphia Orchestra Open Rehearsals for Students

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

Please email HEAR@philorch.org for space availability.


Polished Brass (Open Rehearsal is Full)

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Nitzan Haroz - Trombone
Matthew Vaughn - Trombone
Blair Bollinger - Bass trombone
Carol Jantsch - Tuba

Kodály - Dances of Marosszék
Higdon - Concerto for Low Brass
Beethoven - Symphony No. 8
Brahms - Hungarian Dances


The Pines of Rome (Open Rehearsal is Full)

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
Nicholas Angelich - Piano

Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture
Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Egyptian")
Connesson - E chiaro nella valle il fiume appare
Respighi - The Pines of Rome


Please email HEAR@philorch.org for space availability.


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.