Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The COVID-19 situation continues to be fluid, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving will continue to follow current governmental guidelines and safety recommendations.  This season, we continue our “First Tickets” musical outreach to students in a new virtual format.  These are the first in a series of educational modules created by the NPOI as part of our “First Tickets” program for students.

Do you remember your first time in a music hall?

With narrator Amy Bishop, host on Classical 101.1, WRR-FM, students will learn about the symphony orchestra, the sounds of instruments, and how music can tell a story. In narratives from the players, Amy finishes by introducing some of the highly trained NPOI musicians — many started playing in an orchestra when they were in middle school!


Educational design created by Dr. Sergio Espinosa, the orchestra’s music director and conductor, and associate professor of music education at The University of Texas at Arlington.

  • Introduction to a Symphony Orchestra
Maybe you were in the sixth grade the first time you heard a symphony?  You wanted to see the instruments up close, learn how music can tell a story.  This module, created for students beginning their musical studies, invites them to meet the instruments and learn how a composer, using a symphony orchestra, can tell a story.

29:57 length

  • Stories from the Players
Can you really play in an orchestra all your life? “Yes!” say these musicians. Most discovered their instrument in middle school but still play as adults, even with another career. String, wind, and brass musicians from the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving share how they found their instrument … and the immense joy from playing in an orchestra.

– 11:15 length

We thank the Granville C. and Gladys H. Morton Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas for its generous support of NPOI’s “First Tickets” program for Irving ISD students since its inception beginning 2013, and for making production of these modules possible.