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Simply Strings

Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed, social-action music network, Simply Strings develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement. Through this program, based at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland, children, beginning in second grade, receive daily, intensive ensemble instruction two hours a day, five days a week after school.

Through the Simply Strings program, I have noticed students build confidence, learn time management and self-discipline skills. They are encouraged to takes risks and most importantly, they feel a part of a positive, musically focused community.
– Jenny Young, Principal, Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School

Simply Strings Mission Statement:

We believe music education can affect positive social change. Our mission is to inspire children to strive for excellence through music learning and ensemble participation.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to foster resilience and empathy among our students, encouraging them to become responsible, fully engaged citizens, committed to continued individual growth.

Guiding Principles:

  • Music is a joyful instrument of social change

  • Hard work, consistency and intensity lead to excellence.

  • Accessibility is fundamental: all children should be given the opportunity to participate

  • Ensemble experience develops invaluable life skills such as empathy, cooperation, dependability and commitment

  • Mentoring and peer support strengthen confidence, encourage responsibility and maintain engagement



We gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions from the following:

County of Sonoma – AB 114 Committee
Alan & Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust
Speedway Children’s Charities
Kiwanis Club of Santa Rosa
Active 20-30 Healdsburg

All photos by Susan & Neil Silverman Photography

Contact Us

ATTENTION: Symphony offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. Symphony staff, working from home, continue to monitor voicemails, email and mail.

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

Patron Services:
Phone: (707) 546-8742


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