Youth Concert Broadcasts

Free online youth concert available for viewing through the end of 2017!

Featuring 24-hour online access for unlimited viewing opportunities whenever it is convenient for school schedules, the BPO’s annual Broadcast On Demand is available for viewing through the end of 2017.  Thanks to sponsorship from Western New York BOCES and the Ellicott Development Group, students can tune in to the broadcasts from schools all over Western New York for free. Over 150 schools have registered to view this broadcast.

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The BPO presents a video broadcast featuring associate conductor Stefan Sanders and guest artists Maria Sanderson, winner of the national Sphinx Competition, as well as local guest artists that include dancers and drummers from the African American Cultural Center, singers from the local Burmese community, and dancers from the Latin American Institute. The program lasts about 55 minutes and is available On Demand through a secure website. The recorded broadcast date was March 15 2017.

Who can participate and how much does it cost?

All Western New York schools are eligible for the FREE resource thanks to sponsorship from Western New York BOCES and Ellicott Development Group.  This includes schools in all eight counties.  All you need for participation is access to the internet in your classrooms or auditorium. The program is geared towards middle and high school students. However, all ages will enjoy this musical and visual concert.

What is the concert program?

Western New York has seen a large influx of refugees and immigrants in the last 10 years, and the BPO continues to celebrate the rich musical cultures of our new neighbors in this year’s concert.  Featuring Maria Sanderson, 16-year-old violinist and winner of the national Sphinx Competition for black and Latino string players, performing the first movement of Mozart’s violin concerto No. 4. The concert also includes works by Iraqi composer Agnes Bashir, Mexican composer Arturo Marquez and Nigerian composer Fela Sowande, among others, showcasing the rhythms and melodies that shape the musical identity of these cultures. Drummers from the African American Cultural Center and dancers from the Latin American Institute round out the program. This concert is our West Side Connection.

Are there materials to help me prepare my students for viewing the broadcast?

Yes, please use these resources:

World Harmonies Broadcast Program – A list of repertoire and guest artists with video time markers for easy location.

World Harmonies Lessons – Four unique lessons to enrich the viewing experience.

How can our school sign up?

To receive access to this resource, schools must register with the BPO to gain the web address and security password. With this information, we can show our funders how many schools are using the resource, and that way we can keep it free! This program is for educational use only. Schools can arrange for a viewing at a time convenient to their instructional schedule, thanks to our On Demand availability. Please register below.

School name(s) - If you represent more than one school, please list each school that will utilize the broadcast:*
District (if applicable):
Your position (administrator, band director, etc.)*
I understand that this broadcast is for educational use only and is not to be shared outside of my educational institution.*


Jeff Dabbelt, Education Manager at (716) 242-7822 or


“Trobin-in-the-truckhank you for providing this for our students. Being a small  community this may be one of the few if not only time some of our students will ever hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.”
 Bill Henris, Director of Technology, Brocton Schools

“I just wanted to take a moment to express our appreciation and gratitude to the BPO and TWC. We had a number of our middle and high school classes observe the event. I even heard one of the students whistling the Valkyrie theme as they left the room.  As a rural school district, this type of event is invaluable as our budgets get ever tighter and our opportunities for exposing our students to enriching activities gets more and more difficult. Events that we can bring to our students over the internet are highly effective means of maintaining a holistic education while managing costs. Thank you for the opportunity.” 
                                          Kimberly A. Mueller, Superintendent,  Wellsville Schools