ACC makes Musical Petting Zoo available
to Agawam Kindergartens

Youngsters in Agawam are in for a special treat as the Musical Petting Zoo visits our Elementary Schools' Kindergarten classes. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra's Outreach Department, with the sponsorship of the Agawam Cultural Council, presents this LIVE, hands-on exhibit of musical instruments. The goal is to introduce younger children to the wonders of such instruments as the violin, horn, and drum. They can bow a stringed instrument, blow into -- or across -- a brass or woodwind, or tap out rhythms on percussion. An audience of fifty or fewer children at each performance helps to ensure that each student who wishes to, can try their hand at these instruments -- up close and personal!

Students attending the presentation will receive an Activity Book that includes information, coloring activities, and games about orchestral instruments. Patrick McMahon ("Zookeeper" for the Springfield Symphony) has worked closely with the schools to make this a fun and worthwhile experience for all involved.
The Agawam Cultural Council hopes teachers and parents will take advantage of this program, presented FREE to the schools as part of the Council's *Give Back to the Community* program.
(Musical Petting Zoo visits for up to 50 children are billed at $135 per 1-hour session. Additional sessions for the same date and location are billed at the rate of $100 per hour.)


Here's how to bring The Musical Petting Zoo to YOUR school ...
(Musical Petting Zoo performances are available only during the school year, from October to May.)

A representative of any Agawam School (or PTO) that has Kindergarten classes should E-mail zoo visit requests to Karen LaRocque, of the Springfield Symphony organization, at:, or call 413-733-0636, ext. 14, to arrange a date when the Musical Petting Zoo can visit your Kindergarten class(es). Please be sure to request that the Springfield Symphony submit the invoice directly to the Agawam Cultural Council for payment --- the school or PTO does NOT have to pay the SSO, the fee will be paid by the ACC!

The invoice should be mailed to:

Agawam Cultural Council
Town Hall
36 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001


For more information, click here to visit the Springfield Symphony Orchestra's Musical Petting Zoo web site, or copy and paste:

Questions? Please contact Andrea LaPlace, Agawam Cultural Council chairperson of our ACC in the Schools program, at: (413)786-6753


Please Note:   Musical Petting Zoo performances are NOT open to the general public.

This program is available only to Kindergarten classes
in the following schools:

The James Clark School          


Clifford M. Granger School          


Robinson Park School              


Benjamin J. Phelps School