FAQ for Educators
The Nebraska Arts Council’s School Bus Arts Grants program provides up to $1,000 to Nebraska schools and nonprofit groups to help underwrite the costs of attending arts events. For more information and to apply online, visit www.artscouncil.nebraska.gov/sba. You may also call 402-595-2122 in Omaha or 1-800-341-4067 statewide for further details.
Application Deadline: 4 weeks prior to your event
The Big Yellow School Bus Grant provides $200 to Iowa schools and pre-schools to underwrite the cost of field trips to attend arts events. Click here for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know that my reservation is confirmed?
You will receive a final confirmation letter from us in the mail one week following your reservation. If you do not receive a final confirmation from us in one week, please contact us by email or phone.
How do I pay for my admission to these programs?
Once you receive your confirmation letter in the mail, you will also receive an invoice in the mail from us. Submit this invoice for payment to your school/district as your policies normally dictate. PLEASE DO NOT BRING PAYMENT TO THE PERFORMANCE.
Are there teacher resources available for the program that I am planning on attending?
If there are resources available, they will be available for download on this page under "resources." In special circumstances, we will email you notifying you that resources are available.
How do I know what time I need to arrive? Where can my vehicles park?
The answers to these questions are different for each event to due to our variety of performance venues. In the weeks leading up to an event, you will receive instructions on arriving, drop-off, parking, and more! If you have any special needs pertaining to these questions, please contact us.
Can I change my reservation after I have submitted it?
We generally are very flexible in making changes to reservations. Please contact as early as possible to make an adjustment to your reservation.
My children are homeschooled. Can I still bring them to performances?
Absolutely! Parents and homeschool teachers are always welcome to bring their children to Omaha Symphony Education Programs. Simply register as any teacher would, and use "homeschool" for school related fields/questions. After receiving your confirmation and invoice, feel free to contact us about payment.
What if I have students with special needs or I have a specific request pertaining to my attendance?
If you know of these details when registering, please indicate the details of your special needs at this time. If you need to notify us of any special needs after your registration has already been submitted, please contact us as soon as possible.
When will I receive my tickets? Where will I be seated?
We do not distribute physical tickets for any of our education programs. Seating will be assigned by Omaha Symphony Education Staff, and you will find out your seating location upon your arrival at the performance venue.
Are there special funds or scholarships available to help fund my trip to see the Omaha Symphony?
Generally, there are no special funds directly available from the Omaha Symphony. Admission to our programs has been priced as to be both affordable for our patrons and sustainable for the Omaha Symphony. If you require financial assistance to attend one of our programs, please contact us; there are grants and other funds available from organizations such as the Nebraska Arts Council that you can apply for to help cover your costs.
Why do I have to pay for teachers and chaperones?
We require you to pay for teachers and chaperones because they fill seats in our performance venues just as students do. A seat occupied by a teacher or chaperone is a seat that could be potentially filled by a student.
How long is the performance?
While this depends on the program, we know schedules are tight during the school day. Mission Imagination, Concerts for Youth, and LinkUp run 50-60 minutes. We do our best to get everyone back on their bus in a timely and orderly fashion.
The Omaha Symphony will consider weather conditions and forecasts when making decisions about school concerts. In the event that inclement weather causes a cancellation, we will notify you by email and post an update on our social media outlets.
If cancellation is necessary, best efforts will be made to accommodate groups in a different performance of that program.