Teddy Bear Series


The Teddy Bear Series presented by the Indianapolis Colts introduces preschool & kindergarten students (ages 3-7) to the orchestra through story, movement, and live music. ISO violinist Victoria Griswold has written each of our stories, two of which are now available as picture books! Each performance features five musicians from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and narration by Perry Accetturo of the ISO Learning Community.

our teddy bear series stories

The Giant's Violin tells the tale of a young boy who discovers a giant violin in his attic!

The Big Note features the adventures of a young boy as he searches through a symphony orchestra to find the source of the big note that he hears.

The Garden Symphony follows a ladybug’s search through the garden for her own special song. 

Monkey's Jungle Jam is the adventure-filled tale of a spider monkey's search through the rainforest for musical friends.  

NEW IN 2020!!
The Runaway Strings
is the tale of a quartet of instruments who runaway to see the world by using their music to form different types of transportation. 

Want to learn more? Join us for an upcoming performance (listed below) or check out this video from our partners at the Indianapolis Public Library!




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Thursday, January 30 at 10:30 AM - The Giant's Violin - Central Library

Saturday, February 15 at 10:30 AM - Monkey's Jungle Jam - Pendleton Community Library

Wednesday, March 4 at 10:30 AM - The Big Note - JCPL's Clark-Pleasant Branch

Friday, March 20 at 10:30 AM - The Runaway Strings - Central Library

Saturday, March 21 at 10:30 AM - The Giant's Violin - JCPL's Trafalgar Branch

Wednesday, April 1 at 10:30 AM - Monkey's Jungle Jam - Avon-Washington Township Public Library

Saturday, April 4 at 10:30 AM - The Garden Symphony - JCPL's White River Branch

Saturday, April 25 at 10:30 AM - Monkey's Jungle JamCentral Library

Saturday, May 9 at 10:30 AM - The Runaway StringsHussey-Mayfield Memorial Library

Tuesday, May 12 at 10:30 AM - The Garden SymphonyCentral Library

Saturday, May 16 at 10:30 AM - The Runaway StringsCarmel Clay Public Library

Saturday, June 6 at 11:00 AM - Monkey's Jungle JamJCPL's Franklin Branch 

*All performances are free and open to the public, but please check with individual libraries for any reservation policies.


The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra received the Indiana Library Federation Collaboration Award for the Teddy Bear Series. Victoria Kintner Griswold accepted the honor on behalf of the ISO. This award recognizes a corporation, organization, individual library, or a group of libraries that has made significant contributions in the efforts of promoting library services in a community, region, or at the statewide level.  We received the award at the 2018 Indiana Library Federation Awards and Honors Banquet on November 13, 2018. 




Our beloved Teddy Bear Series mascot has revealed his new project! Join Mr. Bearnstein's Birthday Club for free today, and your child will receive a personalized birthday message from Mr. B during the month of their birthday! You can also follow Mr. B on Instagram to stay up-to-date on the latest Teddy Bear Series news!

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Presented By:

Supported By:

The Johnson County Community Foundation

Elba L. and Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation



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