Open Rehearsals

An Open Rehearsal is a fascinating opportunity to watch the North Carolina Symphony at work, and see how a piece of music is shaped and polished by the conductor and the musicians.

Open rehearsals are available at no charge to educators, but reservations are required. Please contact Jason Spencer, Director of Education, at to make your reservation.

Students in grade six and above are invited to observe the dress rehearsal for a performance of the North Carolina Symphony in Meymandi Concert Hall. Open Rehearsals begin at 10am (except where noted) and end at approximately 12:30pm. One adult chaperone is required for every ten students. When available, conductors and artists may speak with your students during the break (approx. 11:15am), or following the rehearsal.  Please confirm your interest in participating in a Q & A session, and have your students prepared with questions to ask. Rehearsal times are subject to change.

2022/23 Open Rehearsal Schedule

Friday, March 31, 2023 I 7pm-9:30pm
Carnival of the Animals, Young People’s Concert

Michelle Di Russo, conductor

SAINT-SAËNS: The Carnival of the Animals

Friday, April 13, 2023 | 10am-12:30pmUnavailableWait List*
Holst: The Planets, Classical Series

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Gerald Clayton, piano

JAMES LEE III: Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula
ELLINGTON: New World A’Comin’
HOLST: The Planets

Friday, May 12, 2023 | 10am-12:30pm
Mahler Symphony No. 1, Classical Series

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Stella Chen, violin

JOAN TOWER: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1
BARTÓK: Violin Concerto No. 2
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1

*If you would like to be added to the waitlist for an unavailable rehearsal above, please email

The opportunity for non-educators to attend Open Rehearsals is an exclusive benefit of contributing to the North Carolina Symphony Annual Fund. Please note that non-educator guests attending Open Rehearsals must present their Patron Card upon entry. To learn more about giving levels and benefits, please visit our Support the Symphony page or call 919.733.2750.