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Concerts in Schools
(PreK-12th grade)

Each year students in the D.C. metropolitan area are invited to journey through music, dance, theater, storytelling, and visual arts. Concerts In Schools (CIS) programs feature a diverse roster of experienced Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artists/Ensembles. The Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artists present performances which integrate artistic disciplines with other curricular areas, creating educational and interactive experiences for students.

Washington Performing Arts offers a limited number of FREE Concerts in Schools (CIS) programs to schools that receive Title One funding on a first-come, first-served basis in Washington, D.C.; Montgomery or Prince George’s County in Maryland; or Arlington City, Alexandria City, Falls Church City or Fairfax County in Virginia. Schools that do not receive Title One funding or those that have available funds are eligible to request CIS programming on a fee-for-service basis.


What to expect

A Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artist/Ensemble will conduct a 45-60 minute live performance or workshop at your school. This model allows for students to learn through an assembly format where the program presents examples of the art form, engages students, and highlights curricular links.

How to schedule a CIS Program

  1. Review the CIS Teaching Artist Roster and make three (3) choices of preferred artists.
  2. Complete the CIS Request Form, including your top three (3) artists in order of preference. Washington Performing Arts staff will do their best to pair you with one of these three (3) artists, based on artist availability.
  3. Washington Performing Arts staff will contact you to confirm whether we can fulfill your request and inform you of which Teaching Artist you have been paired with.
  4. Assigned Teaching Artist will contact you directly to schedule the performance or workshop at your school and confirm any other details.
  5. Once the details of your CIS have been finalized, Washington Performing Arts will send you a written agreement to sign to confirm the terms of your school’s CIS.

COVID-19 Safety

All Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artists are fully vaccinated and will make best efforts to accommodate any COVID-19-related procedures required by your school. There will be an opportunity for you to share these requirements in the CIS request form.


Contact us at education@washingtonperformingarts.org or (202) 533-1894.

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 the Greene-Milstein Family Foundation.

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

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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; Annenberg Foundation; Estate of Dr. Josephine S. Huang; Mr.+ and Mrs.+ Herbert Milstein/The Greene-Milstein Family Foundation; Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation; Dr. Robert Misbin; Mary Jo Veverka; The Nora Roberts Foundation; CHIME & Dorothy Marschak; Dimick Foundation; Graham Holdings Company; Northern Trust; Peace Love and Joy, in memory of Arman Simone; Venable Foundation; Remo Inc.; George Wasserman Family Foundation, Inc.; Dr. W. Stephen and Diane E. Piper; Dr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Danks; Andrea L. Grimaldi; S. Kann Sons Company Foundation, Inc.; and Thrasher Koffey Foundation, in loving memory and honor of Gloria Thrasher. Includes gifts of $1,000 and above as of March 15, 2023.



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