Education

Educational Performances & Workshop

Educational Performances

The Music Hall values the support of students and educators in our community by providing performing arts learning opportunities. Our exclusive educational performances feature local artists, international artists, and various performing arts organizations who, in collaboration with the Music Hall, work to provide artistic enrichment to teach and inspire a lifelong appreciation for the arts. By providing varied educational programming to the Capital Region, we strive to inspire meaningful learning, interactive exploration of the arts, and memorable experiences for students of all ages.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is a registered BOCES Arts & Enrichment Provider.


2023 - 2024 Season Educational Programming

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and Opera Saratoga present:

Katie, the Strongest of the Strong

Thursday, March 28, 2024 11a-12p

A Children’s One Act Opera

Katie: Strongest of the Strong is the true story of Katie Sandwina – a circus strongwoman who defied cultural expectations of women and was instrumental in the U.S. suffrage movement in the 1900s. Featuring an all-female cast, the HGO original commission is an engaging way for students and families to learn about the importance of equal rights. Katie and her husband Max move from Austria to the U.S., where she joins Barnum and Bailey Circus, becomes a mother, and teams up with Marina, a young journalist, to fight for the voting rights of women. With an all-female cast, this 2020 HGO commission from composer Faye Chiao and librettist Anton Dudley is an engaging way for students and families to learn about the importance of equal rights. The 45-minute opera celebrates women’s strength and confidence through the inspiring true story of protagonist Katie Sandwina. The story, shared from the perspective of journalist Marina Martin, features a chorus of circus women who play multiple characters and demonstrate how strength and beauty come in all shapes and sizes.  

The opera is appropriate for kids who are between Kindergarten and 6th grade.

Director: MARY BIRNBAUM 

Music Director: JULIAN GAU

PRICING
- For orders of less than 150 students, single tickets are $5 per ticket. 

- For orders more than 150 students, the school group will be charged a flat fee of $650.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

Tickets are available online OR by contacting Jessica Bowen at (518) 629-4016, jessica@troymusichall.org.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is a registered BOCES Arts & Enrichment provider.

Have questions about your school/group attending? If you would like to touch base before purchasing tickets, reach out to Jessica Bowen, Director of Education & Outreach 

jessica@troymusichall.org

(518) 479-9623



Music@Noon arts enrichment activities: Learn more about the artists and music performed at our FREE Music@Noon concert series. Delve deeper into the blues, string quartet, romantic music, and more. Have an opportunity to meet the musicians and learn more about their music and instrumental expertise. Participants will listen, play, and sing along before heading upstairs for Music @ Noon!


Join Cello Gayageum before their Music@Noon performance!

"Exploring Cello & Gayageum through Korean Folk Music"

Event Date: Before Cello Gayageum's Music at Noon Performance on Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

Event Time: 10AM-11AM
Event Location: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall [30 Second Street, Troy, NY 12180]

Workshop Synopsis:

CelloGayageum's compositions reflect a profound influence from various gugak (Korean traditional music) folk songs. After the artist's demonstration, students will have the opportunity to join in and sing along to several folk songs, immersing themselves in the distinctive jangdan (rhythm), garak (melody), and other essential elements that contribute to a deeper understanding of Korean music and culture. 

CelloGayageum will showcase their original compositions, illustrating how two distinct yet harmonious string instruments, cello and gayageum, can collaborate to create unique and captivating sounds. Additionally, students will have the chance to participate in the 5,000-year-old Korean singing folk play and circle dance tradition called gang-gang-sullae. 

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE FOR ALL TO ATTEND.

Target Age Group: Students Grade 2 through 8, also open to the public with limited seating available.

REGISTER HERE

View Teacher's Study Guide



Join Spira Piano Quartet before their Music@Noon performance!

"Explore Bowed String Instruments and Piano: Demonstration & Instrument Petting Zoo"

Event Date: Before Spira's Music at Noon Performance on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

Event Time: 10AM-11AM
Event Location: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall [30 Second Street, Troy, NY 12180]

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE FOR ALL TO ATTEND.

Age Target: Students Grade 1 through 4, also open to the public with limited seating available.

Workshop Synopsis:

Join us for an exploration and discovery of the instruments that make up Spira! Listen, learn, and play along on the Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano!

This workshop is a hands-on exploratory music education experience. The musicians will begin with an interactive series of songs/pieces that will introduce the students to chamber music and each instrument: piano, violin, viola, cello. Students will be able to identify how each instrument works, how to produce a sound, and how each instrument fits into the chamber ensemble. Students will have an opportunity to try out each instrument in the later portion of this workshop, where the musicians will host a petting zoo!

REGISTER HERE

Instruments provided by John Keal Music Co.

Reach out to jessica@troymusichall.org with any questions and inquiries.

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