For over 25 years, Grade 4 students from throughout Kingston and the surrounding region have attended the annual Symphony Education Partnership for a morning of music, learning, and fun. This past year, they were dazzled by the magic and wit of children's performer Al Simmons. Over 2,000 students attend these performances each year.
All of the major instruments in the orchestra are showcased. The concert is a blend of education and live performance. It begins with Kingston Symphony Music Director, Evan Mitchell, providing a brief introduction to each instrument; how they work, what makes them unique, and what sort of music the instrument often plays in the orchestra. The orchestra then performs a piece that focuses on that instrument in action.
The Symphony Education Partnership brings the Kingston Symphony together with both local school boards and Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University. A music education professor at Queen’s University writes a curriculum, music education students teach this curriculum to the Grade 4 students prior to their attendance at a concert, and then the Kingston Symphony performs a concert; traditionally a total of four concerts over two mornings for students and their teachers.