San Francisco Symphony
The San Francisco Symphony sets the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world; Enriches, serves, and shapes cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities; Maintains financial stability and gains public recognition as a means of ensuring its ability to fulfill its mission.
A Leader in Education
The San Francisco Symphony provides the most extensive education and community programs offered by any American orchestra. It brings music into every classroom, K-12, in the San Francisco Unified School District, free of charge. The Symphony’s Adventures in Music is the longest-running education program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1988, it teaches music to every child in grades one through five in San Francisco’s public schools, reaching more than 23,000 students. The Symphony’s Instrumental Training and Support program brings professional musicians into middle and high schools throughout the city to coach students once a week. It also provides technical assistance, supplies and concert tickets.
The acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, which has toured the world and made impressive recordings, gives pre-professional training to the Bay Area’s most gifted young musicians at no cost. In 2002, the SFS launched sfskids.org, a comprehensive and interactive online music education resource for children, schools, and families. More than 35,000 students throughout Northern California hear the Symphony each year in its Concerts for Kids program, which began in 1919. For adult amateur musicians, the Symphony created Community of Music Makers, an innovative new program of workshops and events for vocalists and instrumentalists in Davies Symphony Hall. SFS orchestra players mentor the community musicians, who get help forming chamber ensembles.
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