Students and Teachers
We realize that there is no better time to be exposed to classical music than in one’s youth. So, to all our teachers, thank you for your commitment to music and for sharing it with those you influence. If you have a question or special request, please call us. We are interested in supporting you and will always strive to support your efforts.
$10 Student/Teacher Rush Tickets (includes handling fee) are available one hour prior to the Saturday evening performance. A valid ID or letter from a teacher is required. This price is valid as long as student seating is available.
Box Office Hours
Monday- Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Box Office opens 3 hours prior to curtain for weekend performances.
Phone: (901) 751-7500
Field Trip Opportunities
Becoming a school partner… If you are interested in your school partnering with IRIS, click here to contact us and give us a little information.
Be sure to include school information (Name, Address, Phone Number), teacher information (Name, Address, Phone Number), and which of these opportunities you’re most interested in:
__ An Ensemble from IRIS to Play at A School Assembly One Day
__ IRIS Musicians to Become a part of our music program with bi-monthly visits
__ to bring some students to an IRIS rehearsal.
__ to bring a group of young students of a free IRIS Family Concert
__ bring a group of students to an IRIS performance
__ Other. Please let us more of your wishes and needs.
Your school must be located within Shelby County, Tennessee to participate.
Varied Educational Opportunities
IRIS Orchestra musicians introduce our youngest audiences to the fundamentals. IRIS musicians (as soloists, duos, trios, quartets and mixed ensembles) demonstrate their instruments, help students develop their listening skills by focusing on specific sections of music, and encourage their interest in taking up the study of a musical instrument. Studies show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform arts-poor students by virtually every measure.
IRIS musicians, guest artists, and Artistic Director Michael Stern are committed to giving back to young musicians, whether they aspire to a professional career or are simply passionate about their musical studies. Mentoring offers an insight into the professional lives and careers of musicians who come from all over the country. IRIS mentoring goes beyond the scope of teaching music to include life lessons such as teamwork, problem solving, dedication, hard work, practicing and methodology. These mentoring programs with IRIS musicians offer inspiration and motivation that will influence these young people for a lifetime.
Meeting with a professional IRIS musician allows students to absorb pertinent technical, historical, and contextual information. Through master classes, IRIS offers invaluable time, information, and experiences for these young musicians.
Concert Hall Visits
We have the opportunity to bring students, teachers, and parents into the Duncan Williams Concert Hall for rehearsals. By attending live rehearsals and lectures, students and adults in the community are exposed to the “behind the scenes” efforts it takes to put on a first-rate orchestral performance.