Community & Engagement

In the spirit of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s mission “to inspire and engage the residents of our region with the finest musical performances and educational programs,” the organization is committed to a high level of community involvement. We have a history of special projects, such as the performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem (1999) and the Child of Our Time collaboration with Santa Rosa High School (performance, art exhibit and documentary film). For the Child of Our Time project, Santa Rosa Symphony received the League of American Orchestra’s 2002 Met Life Award for Excellence in Community Engagement. Our orchestra also performed a community concert for Hurricane Katrina Relief in September 2005. This benefit raised more than $65,000.

Community engagement can be subtle and ongoing as well as dramatic. The Symphony serves our residents with music education and outreach programs that ignite and nurture a lifetime love of music and increase the intellectual, social and emotional development of our children. From supporting our classroom teachers to offering a child the chance to learn to play an instrument, from concerts by our Youth Ensembles in retirement homes to the pre-concert conversations with the conductor that educate and inspire audiences of all ages, the Symphony aspires to be relevant in people’s lives.

Following are opportunities for students, educators, families and arts lovers of all kinds.

Photos by Colin Talcroft