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Institute for Music Education COVID Response

2021-22 Season: A Return to In-Person Programs

The Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education, with innovation and imagination, continues to seek ways to engage young people with the healing power of music and music making. More than ever before, the Institute is dedicated to its mission to provide quality music education throughout Sonoma County, a mission that is vital to the health and well-being of our community.
With the availability of vaccines for ages 5 and older, and proven health and safety protocols, the Institute is returning to in-person rehearsals for all of our ensembles. We are currently accepting auditions for:

  • Debut Youth Orchestra
  • Aspriante Youth Orchestra
  • Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
  • Young People's Chamber Orchesta

Please visit this page for more information about each of these programs and how to submit an audition. 

Auditions are not required for String Orchestra Workshop, but registration is open for this group.

How will we strive to keep everyone safe?

It is our primary goal to be sure all our musicians--students, staff, and faculty-- are safe and confident before, during and after rehearsals. To that end, we require all faculty and staff, as well as all eligible musicians, to be vaccinated. Proof of vaccination for all eligible individuals is required to participate in any SRS affiliated program. If your child becomes eligible for the vaccine during the 2021-2022 season, they will need to become vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination as soon as it becomes available. Please email Director of Education, Wendy Cilman, if you have any questions. 

Health and Safety protocols for in-person rehearsals:

- Proof of vaccination for ages 5 and older is required to participate in any SRS affiliated program. 
- Masks are required.
- Hand sanitizer is widely available on-site and should be used when returning from breaks.
- Woodwind and Brass players will be required to have a second mask with a slit to be worn while playing.
- Brass players will be required to use bell covers. You can purchase bell covers at Stanroy Music Center in Santa Rosa.
- Anyone who is ill, for any reason, must not attend rehearsal and needs a doctor’s permission before returning.



Simply Strings plans to return to Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School to resume in-person, after school music instruction for grades 1-8. The Simply Strings Integrated Roseland Program offers twice weekly in-person music instruction during the regular school day for all third graders in the Roseland District, nine classrooms in all.


It’s Elementary
Continues to provide a two-year-long suite of music education opportunities and services to six deserving Sonoma County elementary schools, reaching over 2,600 students in Santa Rosa, Two Rock, Cloverdale and Petaluma. A highlight of the program is visits to the schools from small ensembles of the Santa Rosa Symphony. This feature was replaced by “live” assemblies on Zoom. We are waiting to hear from our partner schools about the viability of a return to in-person assemblies. 

Elementary School Listening Program
Continues to provide daily listening to all subscribed schools. The program has been expanded to include more integrative arts content to assist the teachers as they navigate remote learning. Additionally, the scripts for daily listening are being translated into Spanish.

Free Concerts For Youth
Students participating in the IGNITE program are invited to play their prepared song in the May Free Concerts For Youth. In addition to the It’s Elementary partner schools, this program is being made available to all fourth graders in the Santa Rosa City Schools.


Contact Us

Administrative Office:
50 Santa Rosa Ave
Suite 410
Santa Rosa CA 95404
Phone:  (707) 546-7097

Patron Services | Box Office:
Phone: (707) 546-8742


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