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Tucson Symphony, Marshall Foundation Launch TEAMtix for Students

For immediate release: August 15, 2016


Middle & High School Band, Orchestra & Choir Students Can Attend Free TSO Concerts
All Year Long

Students Can Win $500 for their School’s Music Programs

(Tucson, AZ)─The Tucson Symphony Orchestra with support provided by the Marshall Foundation is launching TSO TEAMtix so middle and high school band, orchestra and choir students can attend performances this season for free. The Marshall Foundation will provide a ticket for the student and the TSO will match that with a ticket for a companion.

Students in the Amphi, Ajo, Catalina Foothills, Marana, Oracle, Sahuarita, Sunnyside, Tucson Unified and Vail school districts are eligible to take advantage of TEAMtix along with private and charter schools and members of the Tucson Junior Strings, Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, the Tucson Girls Chorus, and Music and Dance Academy. Once students register for TEAMtix they will receive notifications about upcoming concerts and will be able to go online and choose seats. TEAMtix will be available for all Classic Series performances at the Tucson Music Hall and for the Friday evening MasterWorks programs at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Oro Valley.

TEAMtix has been enthusiastically embraced by teachers.

Suzette Battan, Director of the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, says     TEAMtix is a much-needed program. “In this age of technology, programs that promote exposure to and love of the performing arts are crucial to the development of creative and imaginative community leaders of tomorrow,” she explained. “Providing an opportunity for children to experience concerts of inspiring symphonic music and performers enriches their minds and hearts, and helps ensure the future of great music for many generations.”

Hillary Engel, Band Director at Sahuaro High School, notes: “The TEAMtix program is so beneficial for our students because most of them wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to experience live classical music of the Tucson Symphony’s caliber.  For our world of classical music to continue, it is our duty to give these experiences to our young musicians. This also gives our young musicians a chance to see a different side of the Tucson music scene, which is as diverse and rich as our Tucson community.”

"Learning music (playing and listening) takes a life time,” explains Toru Tagawa, Orchestra Director at Canyon Del Oro High School and Director of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra. “It is very important for young music learners to be able to experience the best quality music beyond the classroom and private lesson settings. A free ticket is a great and extremely generous offer, and all music students should take part in this program and enjoy as many concerts as possible.”

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will open the 2016-17 season on September 23 and 25 when newly appointed Music Director José Luis Gomez conducts Classic Gershwin, featuringAn American in Parisand Van Cliburn medalist Joyce Yang performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto. The school with the most students registered for TEAMtix by September 15 will receive a $500 cash prize for the music department. Students can register for TEAMtix here.

The mission of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra is to engage, educate and transform our community through live musical experiences of the highest quality. The four pillars of the mission are programming, engagement, partnership cultivation and learning. The TSO continues to be an outstanding regional resource for music education reaching toddlers through seniors. TSO offers a continuum of education programs extending to underserved and remote communities. From an introduction to music for kindergarten children to yearlong workshops in composition for youth, the TSO currently offers seven music education programs. These nationally recognized programs are developed in collaboration with schoolteachers, education specialists, professional musicians and TSO staff.   Last year, the TSO provided quality music education to more than 40,000 students.

Marshall Foundation, founded in 1930, seeks to enhance the lives of the citizens of Tucson and Pima County through its support of charitable and educational institutions. The Foundation gives primary consideration to organizations involved in health, education and youth-oriented projects and services.    

Contact: Terry Marshall, Public Relations Manager, (520) 620-9158, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 250-5947 (mobile)