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 and Marshall Foundation are extending the TEAMtix program for three more years. TEAMtix enables middle and high school band, orchestra and choir students to attend symphony performances for free. Marshall Foundation provides a ticket for the student and the TSO matches that with a ticket for a companion.
Launched last year, TEAMtix was an immediate success. Nearly 1300 students registered and over 1500 tickets were issued to 24 events. The most popular were Holst’s The Planets on the Big Screen and Opening Night, Classic Gershwin. Sahuaro High School had the most students register and won the $500 prize for their music department. The school with the most students registered for TEAMtix by October 1 will receive a $500 cash prize for the music department.
Students loved the opportunity to see the orchestra as many times as they wished during the season, especially if their families ordinarily wouldn’t be able to afford tickets. One student wrote, “It is a great privilege to be able to watch and listen to the superior quality of sound produced by a professional orchestra. Despite anything that goes on at home or the work piling up in high school during my junior year, attending these concerts has been a great release for me. What a great experience, from such outstanding musicians and our generous community. Thank you!”
Parents were equally enthusiastic praising TEAMtx for promoting musical interest in young musicians and showing them the various styles of music that can be performed by the instrument they are studying.
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 students attending the Music and Dance Academy. Students can register for TEAMtix at tucsonsymphony.org. 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.
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will open the 2017-18 season on September 22 and 24 when Music Director José Luis Gomez begins his inaugural season conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan,” and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring Zhang Zuo, the award-winning young pianist hailed by the Los Angeles Times for her “powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry.”
“Marshall Foundation is proud to support TEAMtix which provides students who are interested in the arts access to performances they might not otherwise be able to attend,” commented Jane McCollum, the Foundation’s General Manager. “Students who engage in performing arts are more likely to have higher reading and math skills as a result of their involvement.”
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.