The New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concerts - A Template for the Duluth...

November 27, 2011 / By: Jessica Leibfried

The intent of this final project was to investigate the nature and function of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts and develop a formulaic template for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO). 

This study is comprised of five chapters and companion reference material.  The first chapter introduces the reader to a brief history of Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) and to one of the most iconic educators involved in concerts for children—Leonard Bernstein.  Chapter two outlines general information about the New York Philharmonic (NYP) and describes the educational impact of Bernstein.  In chapter three, general information about the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) is given and an in-depth history of DSSO YPCs reveals strengths and weaknesses of past programming.  Chapter four describes the Bernstein YPC model and the influence on the re-design of the DSSO YPC during the 2010 – 2011 season.  In chapter five, the researcher concludes the study and reflects on the 2011 DSSO YPC “I Spy a Motive.”

The researcher concludes that the investigation of the nature and function of Bernstein’s YPCs resulted in the development of a formulaic template for the DSSO YPCs.  Most importantly, the DSSO was able to use this research and formulaic template to successfully re-design the YPC during the 2010–2011 concert season.  The new YPC was unveiled March 2, 2011 and was titled “I Spy a Motive.”