Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

“Compose Yourself! by James Stephenson has the perfect blend of education and entertainment. Students learn about the instruments of the orchestra and even get to participate in composing a piece using three elements of music- melody, harmony, and rhythm. The program is lighthearted and comical and the musicians really got into the theatrical aspects of it. The Atlanta Symphony will definitely be using this fantastic educational program again!”

Janice Crews, former Education Director Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

An interactive, educational and entertaining show designed to introduce children of all ages to the instruments of the symphony orchestra.

Compose Yourself!

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Music Purchase Price as low as $400 / $500.00

The 45-minute presentation combines humor and information throughout its
narrative to maintain the students’ interest right to the thrilling conclusion.

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Your Orchestra and Students will LOVE this UNIQUE program


Now Available to

  • Students compose their own World Premiere!
  • Humorous and engaging introduction to the orchestra
  • Entertaining for students and the musicians
  • Flexible orchestration
  • Performed over 250 times nationwide since 2002 premiere
  • Jim Stephenson as guest narrator or guest conductor*

*Additional Fees Apply

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Full and Chamber Orchestra
Versions Available
(Including hose horns)

15 Player original version

(perfect for traveling to schools)
$400 to purchase 

FULL orchestra version

$500 to purchase 

Also available for purchase:

Complete set of 15 instrument banners.

Don’t Take Our Word For It, Here’s What The Kids Are Saying:

“My favorite part of the show was when three of my classmates went up and composed some music”

– Amy, age 11

“I never knew you could make music with a garden hose”

– Trent, age 8

“It was funny when they used the shoes, bucket and nail polish to make music. I just can’t stop talking about it!”

-Natalie, age 9


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James Stephenson

World Premiere of the Full Orchestra Version

Charleston Symphony Orchestra

October 2014

The Wyoming Symphony

A short video montage of Compose Yourself!