Concerts in Schools

Concerts In Schools are offered on a fee-for-service basis. A limited number of free Concerts in Schools programs are available to schools receiving Title One funding on a first-come basis in Washington, D.C.; Montgomery or Prince George’s County in Maryland; or Arlington County, Alexandria City, Falls Church City or Fairfax County in Virginia.

Pre-Kindergarten –
12th Grade Students

Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students in the D.C. metropolitan area can journey through music, dance, theater, storytelling, and visual arts through the Washington Performing Arts Concerts In Schools (CIS) program. Students learn through an assembly format where the art form is displayed through live performance or demonstration, student engagement, and integration with other curricular areas. All 45-60 minute live performances or workshops are led by Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artists and ensembles.

The Concerts In Schools program was founded in 1966 by the Women’s Committee of Washington Performing Arts.

Schedule a Concert

  • Select three (3) artists from our CIS Teaching Artist Roster, noting the order of preference. Our staff will do their best to pair you based on artist availability.
  • Washington Performing Arts Education staff will connect you with your Teaching Artist to schedule their performance or workshop at your school.
  • You will receive a written agreement from Washington Performing Arts to sign and confirm the terms of your school’s CIS.

Our Sponsors

The Concerts in Schools program was founded in 1966 by the Women’s Committee of Washington Performing Arts.

Support for the Concerts in Schools program is provided by Gary and Silvia Yacoubian/SVS.

Special thanks to Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated, and The Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s Foundation.

Education programs at Washington Performing Arts are made possible in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities; U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Philip L. Graham Fund; Park Foundation, Inc.; Mr. Bruce Rosenblum and Ms. Lori Laitman; Pepco, An Exelon Company; The Boeing Company; Prince Charitable Trusts; Mr. Peter Buscemi and Ms. Judith Miller; Events DC; Sunny and Bill Alsup; Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation; Dr. Robert Misbin; Mary Jo Veverka; Washington Performing Arts Women’s Committee; Dina Al Sabah and David Alden; The Nora Roberts Foundation; CHIME & Dorothy Marschak; Dimick Foundation; Graham Holdings Company; Mr.+ and Mrs.+ Herbert Milstein/The Greene-Milstein Family Foundation; Peace Love and Joy, in memory of Arman Simone; Venable Foundation; George Wasserman Family Foundation, Inc.; Dr. W. Stephen and Diane E. Piper; Ms. Sara E. Sanders/Sanders Foundation; Dr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Danks; Capitol Hill Community Foundation; and The Charles Delmar Foundation. Gifts as of November 27, 2023.