Arts Outreach for Kids

A-OK (Arts Outreach for Kids) makes world-class artists accessible for students and families. A partnership between TFAC and Tryon Concert Association, A-OK presented 4 daytime concerts during the 2017-2018 season. Concerts are entertaining, educational, and inspiring for the next generation of arts enthusiasts.

See the past line up of artists below and check back soon for 2018-2019 AOK artists.

Admission is only $3 for students and teachers, and $7 for the general public-the perfect way for homeschoolers, families, and educators to experience new performances. Plus, get the most out of the A-OK experience with a season ticket: all 4 shows for $10 per student/teacher or $25 for general public.

Ranky Tanky

Friday, November 3, 2017. 1pm
Ranky Tanky

Taking its name for the Gullah phrase for "work it" or "get down," this quintet transforms the hymns, party anthems and children's songs of the islands into infectiously rocking numbers. Quiana Parler is a big-voiced, joyful singer; Charlton Singleton is a marvelous trumpeter, and Clay Ross stitches everything together with his introductions and unusual rhythm-guitar solos.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017. 10am

Founded in 1999 in Germany, the a cappella quintet embodies the rich choral tradition its hometown of Leipzig, the city so closely associated with Bach and Mendelssohn. Calmus captivates both audiences and critics with its charming stage presence, flawless technique, and entertaining presentation. The seamless blend of five voices lends itself to the almost limitless range of music the ensemble offers, from renaissance and baroque masters through great German romantic works, all the way to contemporary choral repertoire and popular songs. A perfect blend of sound, precision, lightness, and wit-these are the hallmarks of Calmus.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018. 10am
Shana Tucker

Shana Tucker delivers a unique voice to her self-described genre of ChamberSoul. With a deep respect for the art of storytelling, Shana's lyrical melodies evoke strong hints of jazz, soulful folk and acoustic pop, woven into a unique rhythmic tapestry. She also devotes a considerable amount of her time to working with students in schools/universities, community centers and summer camps throughout the year as part of her mission to promote arts education programming for students of all ages. A front-line advocate for arts education, Shana incorporates artist-in-residence, workshops, and community outreach opportunities whenever possible, wherever in the world her performances take her.


Thursday, March 29, 2018. 10am

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as "revolutionary chamber musicians," WindSync is a fresh and energetic wind quintet internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. Gold Medalist in the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, this dynamic ensemble focuses on building a connection with audiences through adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. Critics and audiences alike rave about programs that expand the wind quintet repertoire with newly commissioned works written for WindSync as well as a wide array of original arrangements of classical masterworks. These five virtuoso players perform exclusively from memory and specialize in creative concerts that inspire and entertain audiences of all ages.

Get the most from A-OK! Purchase a low-cost season subscription for all 4 shows.