Introducing Students to the Arts

Our flagship in-school program, Classical Kids sponsored by Union College with additional support by M&T Bank, reaches thousands of elementary and middle school students in more than 40 schools within the greater Capital Region. The program brings professional dancers and musicians into schools for an interactive assembly that introduces students to their art forms, teaches them about an upcoming performance at SPAC, and offers each student a free ticket to the selected performance during SPAC’s summer classical season. All students that complete the program receive a free Classical Kids Lawn Pass which grants the student, and an accompanying adult, free lawn admission to all ballet and orchestra performances at SPAC until their projected year of graduation from High School.

If you have a Classical Kids Lawn Pass…

“I believe in the SPAC Classical Kids Program and  encourage it to continue so that our youth can have  the opportunity to learn, appreciate, and love the arts.”
– Participating School Music Teacher

Currently, your passes will allow admission to all performances at SPAC that feature The Philadelphia Orchestra and all performances that feature New York City Ballet EXCEPT for the annual Ballet Gala fundraiser. Please check our classical season calendar for scheduled dates and performance times.

When using your pass, there is no need to visit the SPAC box office. Simply walk right up to an entry gate before a ballet or orchestra performance (specified above), show the gate attendants your pass, and they will admit you onto the SPAC grounds.


What steps do I need to take in order to earn a Classical Kids Lawn Pass?
I participated in the in-school assembly, completed my study guide, and attended the summer performance at SPAC with my school. When and how do I receive my Classical Kids Lawn Pass?
My school does not participate in the Classical Kids program. Can I still participate?
I completed a permission slip and signed up for tickets to one of the SPAC performances. How do I receive my tickets for the performance?
I am a parent of a child participating in the Classical Kids program. Can I attend the SPAC performance with my child?

Interested in bringing Classical Kids to your school?

If you are a school teacher, principal, or administrator, and you would like to bring Classical Kids to your middle or elementary school, please contact SPAC’s Director of Youth Education, Dennis Moench, at, by phone 518-584-9330 x109, or fill out the form below.

Download a sample of a Classical Kids study guide
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