The Docent Program provides free in-school visits by trained volunteers to prepare students for upcoming CSO Education Concert Experiences, and free preparatory lectures to senior and veteran groups attending CSO Community Open Rehearsals.

Docent Program Calendar
Administrative Staff

CSOA Staff – Jonathan McCormick, Jon Weber, Katy Clusen, Rebecca Silber

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.

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.


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 School Concert 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

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

Section 10: The Docent Program
Mission Statement
Basic Information

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.

School Concerts