Symphony Scholars High School Program

Symphony Scholars

Your backstage pass to the BPO!

Symphony Scholars is designed to widen high school students’ musical 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.


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 in-person events to chaperone. Click here to register.

Band and orchestra directors, please inquire about bulk pricing by contacting Rachael Nakoski at

Symphony Scholars Benefits

  • Symphony Scholars Members are entitled to one best available student seat for almost all Classics, Pops and Know the Score performances.  This is your season pass to the BPO!
  • Access to all BPOnDemand performances
  • Participation in BPO musician Jonathan Borden’s Listening Club
  • 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!

Click to view the Fall 2020 brochure!

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Please see the following list of FREE BPOnDemand video-streamed concerts for FALL 2020 included with the symphony scholars package.

Click for FALL 2020 season dates.


Contact Rachael Nakoski, Education Coordinator, at (716) 242-7881 or

Sponsored by the George and Bodil Gellman Foundation

Symphony Scholars with Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell