The Docent Program provides free in-school visits by trained volunteers to prepare students for upcoming CSO Education Concert experiences.

Docent Program Calendar
Administrative Staff

CSOA Staff — Charlie Grode, Jon Weber, Katy Clusen, Lisa McDaniel

President, LCSOA — Linda Neumann

VP Education, LCSOA - Kathy Solaro

Docent Coordinator — Sarah Good

Recruiting/Training — Renee Lundy, Franklin Mills

School Assignments — Carol Mayer, Michele Piel

Secretary/Treasurer — Don Montgomery

Concert Chair — Franklin Mills

Symphony Links Chair — Don Montgomery

Docent Benefits

In recognition of our important contributions to the organization, The League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is again extending the following benefits to Docent Program participants for the 2012/13 season.

Benefits for Active Docents and Docents-In-Training:
  • 10% discount at Symphony Store—Just show your docent photo I.D.
  • 2 Tickets to the Appreciation Concert—You will receive an invitation in the mail for this special concert, usually held in the latter part of the season.
  • Free subscription to the President of the CSOA's Insider newsletter—Newsletters will be emailed or faxed directly to you. (Sorry newsletters will no longer be mailed.)

Benefits for Active Docents only:
  • Invitation to the Annual Docent Celebration.

For new Active docents, benefits begin with your first full season as a docent.

Please contact the program coordinator if you have any questions.


Docent Application > (new docents only)

Docent Registration > (current docents only)

Docent Concert Support Evaluation > (by school)

Speaker Evaluation >

Docent Request > (concert support)

Docent Request > (Adventures in Music)

Classroom Observation > (by docents in training)

Docent Calendar > (printable format)

Survey 2009-10 >

Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader: Download Acrobat >

Reference Materials

Docent Manual Contents

Section 1: Docent Roster is not available on-line at this time

Section 2: See Docent home page for Concert and Lecture Schedules

Section 3: See Youth and VSP pages for Concert Repertoire and Lecture Notes

Section 4: The Docent Presentation
Making Arrangements to Visit the Classroom >
Presentation Checklist >
Preparing Your Presentation >
Lesson Plan >
Techniques for Preparation and Presentation >
Teaching Suggestions >
In the Classroom on the Day of the Presentation >

Section 5: Elements of Music
Elements of Music >
Elements of Music Theory >
Music: Early Childhood Grid >

Section 6: Timelines
Concert Timeline >
Timeline of Musical Eras, World Events, etc. >

Section 7: Instruments
Seating Chart & Instruments by Section >
Individual Instruments: Strings >
Individual Instruments: Woodwinds >
Individual Instruments: Brass >
Individual Instruments: Percussion >

Section 8: The Music Resource Library
Books & Other Print Materials >
CDs & Cassettes >
Lectures Tapes >
Videos >

Section 9: Miscellaneous Tools
Web Card for Students Template >
Web Resources for Docents & Teachers >

Section 10: The Docent Program
Mission Statement >
Basic Information >
History >

Section 11: Archived Lecture Notes
Download Archived Lecture Notes >

Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader: Download >

Symphony Links

It is the Mission of the Symphony Links Program to develop a strong relationship between the CSO and the children of the Chicago Metropolitan Area, their teachers, school administrators, parents and parent-teacher associations, and to use this relationship to promote the practice of listening to and watching classical music programs at home and in school, raising awareness of the live music that is available in the local community, and encouraging concert attendance of all types with emphasis on the CSO as being the ultimate concert experience - Lori Julian.

See printed schedules for detailed information on schools, and dates and times of presentations.
Symphony Links Program Evaluation Form

Click to download > 

VSP Concerts

Concert Chair: Franklin Mills

First concert: “It's Time To Play”
Friday, December 7. 2012, 10:15 AM & 12:00 PM

Second concert: “Now Let's Sing”
Friday, March 15, 2013, 10:15 AM & 12:00 PM

Third concert: “Get Up and Dance”
Friday, May 3, 2012, 10:15 AM & 12:00 PM

Youth Concerts

Concert Chair: Franklin Mills

Concert: “In Fine Form”

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 10:15 AM & 12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 1, 2013; 10:15 AM & 12:00 PM
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 10:15 AM & 12:00 PM