Beginners Guide

If you are a first-time visitor to the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra’s concert venues, you may be unsure of what to expect – and what’s expected of you. Here are some tips to help you enjoy an entertaining evening.

What should I wear?

It’s your experience, dress how you feel comfortable! There is no dress code. We believe you should feel comfortable. You will see many guests in casual business attire, while others prefer to dress up for a special night out. At our concerts you’ll see everything from jeans to cocktail dresses.

Do I need to know the music before I attend a performance?

No. One of the great joys of going to a WFSO concert is being introduced to great music you may never have heard before. You may also enjoy a superb performance of a work you have known for years. Some regular concert-goers find they appreciate a performance more if they listen to a recording of the work before the concert so they can better anticipate their favorite parts. Likewise, audience members find that attending a live concert enhances their enjoyment of the music.

When should I arrive at the Symphony Hall?

It’s best to arrive at least thirty minutes before the scheduled performance begins. This leaves time for parking, picking up tickets, visiting the restroom and finding your seat.

What happens if I arrive late?

In consideration of other audience members, patrons who arrive after the concert begins will be asked to wait to be seated until an appropriate pause between pieces.

Electronic devices

We hope that you will take a moment before the performance to check-in, post, tweet or snap before you turn your phone to silent!  Smartphones and other devices are permitted inside the hall, but please refrain from having them out during the concert as the light from the screen may disturb those around you.  

When do I clap?

Modern audiences tend to wait until the end of an entire piece to clap. Why? Holding applause between movements is considered to be respectful to the performers’ concentration and mindful of musical continuity. The conductor will let you know when a piece is over by putting his baton down and turning to face the audience.

Kids at the Symphony?

Wondering about bringing your children to the symphony? Here is a handy how-to guide about bringing your children to a classical symphonic concert:

Most orchestras have age limits listed on their websites, and some even offer deeply discounted tickets for children.

Most concert-goers will agree it’s usually the cell phone in the slow movement or the conversation between two oblivious adults that cause more of a distraction than children.  Whether a concert-goer or performer, most wonder: are the kids up for this concert? Most of the time it is a pleasure to see children engaged and enjoying the music.