Symphony Scholars High School Program

Symphony Scholars

Your backstage pass to the BPO!

Symphony Scholars is designed to widen high school students’ interests and build a teen community of music lovers. Scholars enjoy a season pass, talk-backs with guest artists, and unique insider access to the BPO.  Open to all high school students in Western New York.  Symphony Scholars is a great addition to your extracurricular resume.

If you would like to hear about Symphony Scholars from some past Scholars themselves, visit our BPO YouTube Channel .


Registration for Symphony Scholars is only $35. (Buffalo Public School student membership fees waived through the generous sponsorship of George and Bodil Gellman.) Parent/guardian permission is required for students to participate.  BPO staff will be present at all events to chaperone. Click here to register.

Symphony Scholars Benefits

  • Symphony Scholars Membership Card, good for one best available student seat when presented at the Box Office for almost all Classics, Pops and Know the Score performances.  This is your season pass to the BPO!
  • An opportunity to attend exclusive backstage events, meet guest artists, conductors and musicians, and be part of a teen community of music lovers.
  • A monthly newsletter with information about special BPO offers and promotions just for Symphony Scholars.
  • Reduced price tickets for family and friends may be purchased at the Box Office, based on availability.
  • Many other membership perks!
Symphony Scholars with Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell

Please see the following list of FREE concerts included with the symphony scholars package, and please note there is also special pricing afforded to Symphony Scholars on most of the additional shows listed.

Click for 2019-2020 season dates and pricing


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

Sponsored by the George and Bodil Gellman Foundation