School Dress Rehearsals

Symphony Nova Scotia’s School Dress Rehearsals are a chance for children in grades four and up to experience the symphony onstage in the concert hall at a very reduced price.

An emcee or the guest artist will guide your students’ experience and provide information about the rehearsal process. Please note that all of these events are working rehearsals, and are not intended to replace a live concert experience.

This is an opportunity to watch and listen to the symphony in action as the musicians get ready for a concert. Your students will attend a dress rehearsal so the music will be getting the final polishing for public audiences but the players won’t be formally dressed.  

All School Dress Rehearsals take place at the Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax. Start time is always 10:00 am on the morning of the day of the regular concert.

Symphony Nova Scotia is developing Teacher Guides for these performances, which will be available soon. 

Cost: $7 per student. For every 10 student tickets purchased, one chaperone ticket will be free.

Tickets: After September 1st, call 902.494.6406 (for student groups). For regular tickets, call 902.494.3820.



Mo Kenney • October 21, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Mo Kenney, guitar and vocals
Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor


With her warm voice, rich songwriting, and growing stockpile of local and national awards, Mo Kenney is one of Nova Scotia’s hottest rising stars. She’s a “self-confident and talented songwriter” (Rolling Stone, Germany), and her “smart songwriting” (the Guardian), “excellent guitar work” (the Revue), and “instinctual melodic power pop” (Irish Times) have earned her rave reviews worldwide. Don’t miss this local phenomenon in a stunning orchestral mash-up with Symphony Nova Scotia.


Jonathan Crow and Appalachian Spring • November 24, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Alain Trudel, conductor
Jonathan Crow, violin


On the program:

  • José Evangelista: Symphonie minute
  • Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
  • Erich Korngold: Violin Concerto
  • Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring

Symphony Nova Scotia performs some of the biggest symphonic hits in North American history. Experience the rich, radiant beauty of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring alongside Samuel Barber’s heart-wrenchingAdagio for Strings, a piece that “rarely leaves a dry eye” and has become a pop-culture hit. Plus, the Toronto Symphony’s virtuoso concertmaster Jonathan Crow joins us for Erich Korngold’s lush Violin Concerto – a sweeping, romantic work that showcases this Oscar-winning composer’s best themes for film.



Stewart Goodyear Plays Grieg • February 9, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano


On the program:

  • Jordan Pal: On the Double: Concert Overture
  • Grieg: Piano Concerto
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 3 “Scottish”

Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear is “one of the best pianists of his generation” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his stylish, kinetic playing has earned him rave reviews, a high-octane career, and top billing with some of the world’s best orchestras. Now, Stewart makes his Symphony Nova Scotia debut performing one of Edvard Grieg’s greatest creations – the grand, triumphant, and wildly passionate Piano Concerto.

Talk to us!

Do you have questions or comments about our education programs? We’d love to hear from you.

Please contact: D’Arcy Gray
Education and Community Outreach Coordinator, Symphony Nova Scotia