Mission in Music Education
Children’s Concert Society’s mission is to educate and enrich the lives of school age children in the greater Akron community by providing access to live high quality performing arts experiences.
Foster Music Appreciation
Introduce and foster music appreciation with free in-school concerts where music becomes vividly experienced as a universal language.
Opportunity to Experience the Concert Hall
Students have the opportunity to experience sights and sounds that can only fully be appreciated in a concert hall.
Encourage Young Musicians
It is also important for the children to learn that they, too, can actually create music.
Four key program areas:
Children’s Concert Society offers informal concerts free of charge to all public, private, parochial, charter schools and home school groups in Summit County and surrounding areas. The in-school concerts represent a diverse offering of different types of music. Our programs supplement and enrich our students’ in-school music education experience. Programming varies according to age group, and is structured to conform to curriculum guidelines.
To inspire the next generation of musicians Children’s Concert Society created the Scholastic Composers Contest for young composers to showcase their talents. Compositions are critiqued by a panel of judges from The Universty of Akron’s School of Music Composition Department. When CCS decided to encourage the creative composition of music by young children in 1953, it was the first in the country to have an annual Scholastic Composers Contest open to all students K-12.
After School Outreach
Children’s Concert Society constantly reviews its programming in order to meet the current needs of each new generation. Recently created, through CCS partnership with The University of Akron Music Department, an after-school percussion workshop at an inner-city school under the direction of Dr. Larry Snider.
The Children’s Concert Society (CCS) is a non-profit educational, volunteer organization founded in 1947 in Akron, Ohio. The first three concerts for the children of our community were given by the newly-formed Akron Symphony Orchestra during the 1947-48 school year. They were so enormously successful that, despite the demise of the orchestra, the women’s committee was determined to continue to provide musical pleasure and education to the school children of the Akron area. Accordingly, they formed a new organization–the Children’s Concert Society (CCS). CCS presented the Cleveland Orchestra from 1948 until 1975 and also presented concerts by the Akron Symphony Orchestra throughout its history.
CCS is an all-volunteer Board and one paid administrator. Except for minimal office and operating costs, CCS channels all funding into artistic productions. Through time CCS has formed close collaborative relationships with schools, local Ohio artists and The University of Akron School of Music to connect children to music in our community. CCS brings the highest caliber of artistic talent to the expanding minds of children. CCS performances are often many students first concert hall musical experience.
The Children's Concert Society is a non-profit educational, volunteer organization founded in 1947. Our purpose is to foster music appreciation in the youth of the community by providing opportunities to experience the beauty of fine, live musical performances.