Our youth engagement programs include:
Giving families the opportunity to attend affordable concerts allows us to reach a broader audience. We now play one free concert each season at Town Center in El Dorado Hills, and funding from last year’s Gala enables us to schedule a low-cost family concert at the Harris Center theater for our 2015-16 season.
Student Night at the Symphony
We invite students in grades 4 through 12 to attend one dress rehearsal each season for a small cost. Besides hearing a full performance of classical music, the youngsters interact with the maestro, meet musicians and crew and are introduced to the instruments. Through last year’s generous donations, we were able to triple our attendance to our Student Night. We want to expand this popular program even more next year.
Music in the Schools
As budget cuts have decreased or eliminated arts education, we are looking to bring music back into the schools by funding small ensembles to acquaint students with orchestra instruments and excite them about classical music.
Each year we offer talented young musicians the opportunity to perform with the symphony for a full season. In addition, we invite music groups from local high schools and colleges to partner with the orchestra for some concerts. We are looking to increase these opportunities to nurture promising young musicians.Rev.2/19/15
Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to provide musical experiences to underserved communities. Our donations from the 2014 gala enabled us to expand our Student Night sponsorships to more than 250 children and chaperones. The groups we sponsor are: Closing the Gap, College Track Sacramento, Social Venture Partners of Sacramento, plus Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Sierra Forever Families. In addition, we are reaching out to Cordova Meadows, Peter J. Shields and Theodore Judah Title 1 schools, and with additional funding we plan to expand this list. A school is designated Title 1 if at least 50 percent of its students qualify for free lunches.