Symphony Day Prep & Guidelines

VMA Symphony Day

Marin Symphony Day is an exciting experience for everyone! In order for for the listeners in the audience and the musicians onstage to enjoy the concert fully, please observe the following important guidelines.


  • Check out our Orchestra Family Tree
  • Listen in advance to the music that will be played at the concert:
    Peter and the Wolf, by Sergei Prokofiev. Performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
  • One week in advance of the concert, you will receive directions to the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium and details on the entrance through which your school will be entering. Please prepare to present that confirmation at the Auditorium on the day of the performance.
  • Please contact ahead of of Symphony Day regarding those in your party with special needs.
  • As this may be your students’ first orchestra concert experience, please review concert etiquette and the importance of being good listeners. Below, you will find some some resources that may be helpful in introducing these topics:
    To Learn About Enjoying a Concert:
    “The Listeners’ Job Description” (Naxos)
    Concert Manners (Naxos)
    Concert Rituals (Naxos)

To Learn About the Instruments That Make Up an Orchestra:
illustration of orchestra family treeWhich instrument would you like to play?


  • Please allow time before leaving school for students to visit the restroom. There is no intermission in the 45 minute concert and mid-concert trips to the restroom mean missing out on great music!
  • If you are coming by bus, be sure to get your driver’s cell phone number and bus number.
  • For the 10:00 am performance, doors open at 9:30 am. Please plan to arrive in time to be seated by 9:55am. For the 11:30 am performance, doors open at 11:00 am. Please plan to arrive in time to be seated by 11:25am. Seating is first-come, first-served.
  • If your group is traveling separately, meet outside your assigned entrance until everyone is assembled. Only complete groups will be seated.
  • You will be greeted by a Symphony Volunteer at the door. Let them know your school name and the total number of people in your group sitting together.
  • Food, drinks, chewing gum, and backpacks are not permitted in the hall.


  • Please turn off your cell phones. The use of cameras and video recorders is prohibited.
  • Teachers and chaperones should sit amongst the students. To ensure everyone’s enjoyment of the concert, please take immediate action in the event of inappropriate behavior.


• When the concert is over, please keep your group together at their seats and await exit instructions.


We would love to hear from you and your students about the experience. Please send any letters or artwork to: Education Department, Marin Symphony, 4340 Redwood Highway, Suite 409C, San Rafael, CA, 94903.