2020 Children's Education Concert

Please mark Wednesday, October 14, 2020, for the next LCSO Children’s Concerts!

The LCSO is happy to announce that Rick DeJonge will be returning for a 3rd year to conduct the Drayton Children’s Educational Concerts!

Thanks to Guest Conductor, Rick DeJonge, and the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Musicians for presenting three fantastic concerts for the students and educators of La Porte, Porter, Starcke and St. Joseph Counties!

Click on the buttons below for the 2019 Children’s Concert Program and/or Teacher Guide!

Special thanks to our sponsors who support the arts and believe in the power of music to impact the youth in our community!

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Kesling Middle School Student Council

Dennis & Leslie Lantz


Dr. Linda Sirugo & Attorney David Sirugo




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PSI IOTA XI (La Porte Chapter)

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The LCSO would like to thank Michael Drayton and the staff of Drayton, Biege, Sirugo, & Elliott for their incredible service of contacting schools, collating education guides, taking reservations and handling all of the seating for our annual Children’s Concerts. For 31 years, these wonderful people have been giving of their time and talent to enable the success of our Children’s Concerts!

Each year, LCSO presents a day of three back-to-back Children’s Educational Concerts each year for 6000+ students from La Porte Community Schools and surrounding area school corporations, senior living centers, and agencies working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. The excellence of LCSO’s educational outreach is significant for the area and the Children’s Education Concert has been recognized as one of the most successful children’s concerts in the nation by the American String Teacher’s Association and the National School Orchestra Association.

LCSO is proud to bring back 2018/19 Season Finale, Hollywood to Broadway’s Guest Conductor, Rick DeJonge, to both create and conduct our Education Concert this year!

Rick DeJonge is a graduate of the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program from USC and holds a Master’s of Art and Bachelor’s of Music from Western Michigan University. Rick started his music career in the teaching field having taught general music at Lincoln Elementary School, Indian Trail Elementary and New Buffalo Elementary School. As a film composer, Mr. DeJonge has worked on several films and with great composers such as Christopher Young, David Spear, Jack Smalley, and Pete Anthony. As an orchestrator, Rick worked with composers on television promos including shows like “Beautiful People”, “Lost”, “The West Wing” and “CSI Miami”.  As a conductor, Rick has conducted his own scores at Paramount Studios, Fox Studios, and Firehouse Studios in Pasadena, California. DeJonge’s score for the action film “Fighting With Anger” contained a song by the composer which won Best Original Song at the New York Independent Film Festival and was recorded by Willie Nelson. As a composer and conductor for film music, Rick was featured in an article of scoring for films in Life Magazine and just recently scored 3 cues for a new cartoon ad for Fiat. Rick has been writing music for orchestra and wind ensemble for over 25 years. You can hear his symphonic works on Summit Records. Rick has been the official arranger/composer for Walt Disney World’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 2011.  Rick is a member of ASCAP along with his music publishing company, Dream Notes Music.