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DCS Instrument Discovery


Young children are delighted with Delaware County Symphony’s Instrumental Discovery! Conducted at regional educational and cultural centers, a small group of symphony musicians present individual instrument demonstrations showing the different tones and sounds from across the sections of the orchestra. The small ensemble will then demonstrate how all the different tones work together in harmony by performing Simple Gifts. Afterwards, the children are invited up to each instrument for a closer look and listen, and to interact with the musicians. Each child will receive an “Instrument Discovery Map” and be able to collect a musical sticker from each performer for their map as a reminder of all they heard and experienced.

DCS Symphony Explorers

DCS Symphony Explorers is a free introduction to symphonic music for school age children accompanied by a parent or guardian. At each event, the children will learn about a specific orchestral instrument and have the opportunity to experience part of a rehearsal. The children are invited to sit as part of the orchestra on stage to observe the interactions between the conductor and the musicians. DCS Symphony Explorers takes place on select Monday evenings in the McNichol Art Gallery in the Thomas A. Bruder Life Center Building at Neuman University.

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DCS Youth Concerto Competition


The Delaware County Symphony offers high school musicians of outstanding talent the opportunity to audition for its annual Youth Concerto Competition. The winner of the competition is awarded prize money and performs a work for solo instrument and orchestra during the May Symphony Series concert. The winner’s photo and biography are also featured on the DCS website.

Annual Brochure Artwork


Working with Neumann University Art Professor, Glenn Holmstrom, Neumann University art students have the opportunity to design the artwork for the Delaware County Symphony Annual Brochure. This artwork is also used on the cover for the symphony concert programs, the DCS profile on Ticket Leap, and in the Season Ad posted on social media. The student’s photo and biography are also featured on the DCS website.

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Meet the Music


Meet the Music is an informative introduction to the music being performed in the Delaware County Symphony concert. Neumann University Music Professor, Dr. Richard Sayers presents a short talk before each concert so concert goers can more fully appreciate the performance of our DCS musicians and guest soloists. Meet the Music takes place in the McNichol Art Gallery in the Thomas A. Bruder Life Center Building at Neuman University from 2:00 to 2:30 PM before the Sunday Symphony Concert.

Visual Program Notes


By scanning a QR code, audience members can be connected to Visual Program Notes, a supplement to the written notes in the concert program. For both symphony and chamber concerts, the Visual Program Notes include pictures of the composers and other images that enhance the audience’s understanding and appreciation of the music being performed in the concert.

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