Performing Arts

There are very few venues that can match the world-class Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  Inspired by the great concert halls of Europe, the Schermerhorn is a magnificent, state-of-the-art masterpiece of design.  And now you can showcase your students on the Schermerhorn stage! Here are 5 fantastic reasons to plan your student performance at the Schermerhorn as part of the Elite Performance Series.

1. This Elite Performance is an Extraordinary Opportunity

Animado Events invites middle and high school bands, choirs, and orchestras to take part in the Elite Performance Series this April on the Schermerhorn stage.


You’ll shine a spotlight on your talented ensembles as they take part in exciting festival performances with acclaimed clinicians in a professional concert hall.  This doesn’t happen often – it’s an extraordinary opportunity to perform in one of the world’s finest acoustical venues!

2. The Stunning Schermerhorn is a Masterpiece

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center has been home to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra since 2006.  The building’s main venue, the 1,844-seat Laura Turner Concert Hall, is one of the few halls nationwide to feature natural interior light through 30 special soundproof windows. It also features a custom-built Schoenstein & Co. concert organ.

Photo credit to Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Nashville Symphony

One of the features that sets the Schermerhorn apart from other venues is the innovative convertible seating.  Rows of seats can be lowered into storage space below the floor, giving the space a unique flexibility for a variety of events.

In addition to the concert hall, the Mike Curb Family Music Education Hall is perfectly suited for educational and special events.  And just outside the walls of Schermerhorn is a magnificent garden that’s open to the public during the day and for outdoor concerts.

3. The Elite Performance Event Includes Everything

The Elite Performance Series is a festival performance, clinic, and prestigious performance – all in one exceptional event.

plan a student performance at the Schermerhorn

4. You’ll Work with Renowned Guest Clinicians Dr. David A. O’Shields and Dr. Eric Stark

David A. O’Shields retired from teaching in 2018 after a 37-year career as a high school and college band director. His tenures include the University of South Carolina, Lexington High School, Meridian Public School District, and New Hope High School.

Plan Your Student Performance at the Schermerhorn

Dr. Eric Stark’s dynamic career focuses on collaborations with partners from around the globe.  Highlights include Carnegie Hall, the Hong Kong Cultural Center Concert Hall, Shanghai’s Oriental Art Center Concert Hall, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, São Paulo’s Teatro Municipal, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Plan Your Student Performance at the Schermerhorn

5. You Can Explore the Music City!

While you’re here, dig into music’s southern roots and explore Nashville.  Take a backstage tour of the historic Ryman Auditorium, check out the Country Music Hall of Fame, step onto the stage at the iconic Grand Ole Opry, or take part in a recording session where legends like Elvis Presley recorded on the RCA Studio B Tour.


There are countless adventures waiting for your students in the Music City!

How to Apply

Middle and high school ensembles (including bands, choirs, and orchestras) are invited to apply for the Elite Performance Series in Nashville.  Applicants must include a recent performance or superior rating from a state contest (within one year of applying).


A Rare Elite Performance Opportunity in Nashville

Embrace this rare opportunity to showcase your students at the Schermerhorn in Nashville. They’ll experience the grandeur and pride of performing on an iconic stage while working with acclaimed clinicians.

Schermerhorn Elite Performance Series
Photo credit to Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Nashville Symphony



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