“I just came from the faculty room where faculty were talking about how great the assembly was — how accessible you made it for the students. It was a treat to hear such amazing musicians play such beautiful music in the middle of the school day!”
— Elizabeth Abrams, Grace Church School Choral Director

Our goal is to teach children to appreciate the beauty of classical music, and perhaps reawaken their parents’ connections to classical music.

In our 2015 youth outreach program funded by Goldman Sachs, KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin created a musical presentation honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. A KCO string quintet was joined by a drummer, electric bass player and gospel vocalist. The program, with historical background interspersed between musical selections, included such civil rights classics asWe Shall Overcome, A Change Is Gonna Come, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, Lift Every Voice and This Little Light Of Mine. The KCO visited PS 150 (Tribeca), PS 1 (Chinatown), PS/IS 126 (Lower East Side), PS 3 (West Village), PS 397 (South Street Seaport) and PS/IS 89 (Battery Park City). The KCO also brought musical presentations to the Trinity School and Grace Church School. 


Our presentations are generally 45 minutes in length and consist of performances by elite professional musicians and soloists interspersed with anecdotes and entertaining talks on music history and theory.

To download a document describing Sample Programs, click here.

School administrators and music directors may contact KCO Manager Alison Simko through the form below, or by sending an email to alisonsimko@knickerbocker-orchestra.org

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