The Houston Symphony School Residency at Crespo Elementary

The Houston Symphony School Residency at Crespo Elementary is a new in-depth program that will reach more than 400 economically disadvantaged students in grades 3-5 each year. The 3-year pilot program, presented by BBVA Compass, is the result of an innovative partnership to make orchestral music available and accessible to students, parents, school staff and faculty.

The Houston Symphony School Residency at Crespo is structured around lessons, instrument demonstrations and performances. Houston Symphony Community-Embedded Musicians David Connor and Anthony Parce will lead the classroom interactions in this three year-initiative designed to enrich the lives of every third-, fourth- and fifth-grade student at Crespo. The program is inspired by a time-tested and respected initiative pioneered by the New York Philharmonic and is the first of its kind in Houston.

This residency integrates the Houston Symphony and orchestral music into the lives of students in grades 3-5 at Crespo Elementary School in Southeast Houston. The Houston Symphony will use major orchestral repertoire to teach students, their teachers, and parents how to listen, perform and compose, preparing them to hear concerts in their own school and at Jones Hall.

Program elements of this residency include: 

  • Biweekly classroom lessons for all 3rd – 5th grade students
  • Family Chamber Concerts at Crespo Elementary
  • Family Concerts and Student Concerts at Jones Hall
  • Instrument demonstrations by Houston Symphony musicians
  • In-school chamber concerts
  • Class composition project

This pilot, in-depth residency is made possible thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, BBVA Compass and the BBVA Compass Foundation. BBVA Compass is a proud supporter of the fine arts in public education and we are honored by their generosity and partnership.


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