Music Education Center

KZSB AM 1290 Music Education Center Interview

July 28, 2017

Music Van docent Mary Jane Cooper and Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Music Director Andy Radford appeared on the Elizabeth Stewart Show on KZSB AM 1290 and talked about the Music Education Center.


Santa Barbara Symphony to Hold Youth Ensemble Auditions

July 24, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Symphony will hold auditions for its Junior Orchestra and Youth Symphony at Santa Barbara Community Church on August 14, 16, and 19. Auditions for violinists will take place on Monday, August 14; auditions for violists, cellists, and bassists will take place on Wednesday, August 16; and auditions for wind, brass, and percussion players will take place on Saturday, August 19. To schedule an appointment, call 805-898-9526 or email kblakey@thesymphony.org.

“These ensembles offer exceptional instructional and performance opportunities for young instrumentalists,” said Dr. Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “Program participants invariably show remarkable growth as musicians and as individuals. I encourage families throughout the community to take part in the audition process.”


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Santa Barbara Symphony Volunteer Receives ‘MVP’ Award at Annual Conference

July 20, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Mary Jane Cooper, a longtime Santa Barbara Symphony volunteer, was honored with a Most Valuable Player Award at a luncheon held today as part of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras’ (ACSO) annual conference in Los Angeles. Ms. Cooper was recognized for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the Music Van, the Santa Barbara Symphony’s award-winning outreach program for area children.  

“Mary Jane Cooper personifies all the admirable qualities we see in so many of our volunteers – dedication to our community’s youth, a genuine love of music, a warmly engaging personality, and a generosity of spirit. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award,” said Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director Kevin A. Marvin.


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Musicians to Perform in Production of ‘Brundibár’

May 10, 2017

Compelling children’s opera will be presented at the Libbey Bowl on May 13, and at the Lobero Theatre on May 20.      

Santa Barbara, CA — Members of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony will take part in a fully staged production of Brundibár, Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása’s uniquely affecting children’s opera, at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai on Saturday, May 13, and at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 20. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on May 13, and at 2:30 and 5 pm on May 20.

A collaborative effort involving the Youth Symphony, Ojai Youth Opera, and the Santa Barbara Youth Opera, the production will be conducted by Opera Santa Barbara Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas. The Santa Barbara Youth Opera is an educational program offered by Opera Santa Barbara.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those members of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony selected to participate,” said Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “The production will serve as an introduction to opera for some, and all the musicians are certain to learn a great deal from Maestro Protopapas. From an institutional perspective, we are grateful to be collaborating with Opera Santa Barbara and Ojai Youth Opera.”


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Junior Orchestra to Present Season’s Final Concerts

May 05, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Two Santa Barbara Symphony youth ensembles will present free season-ending concerts the weekend of May 20-21. The Symphony’s Junior Orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and others beginning at 3 pm in First United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 20. The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony will present a program of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Mozart beginning at 4 pm in the Lobero Theatre on Sunday, May 21.

“These concerts will showcase the remarkable progress our young musicians have made over the course of the school year,” said Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “Both performances will be musical celebrations of sorts, and we encourage the wider community to come see and hear for themselves what can be achieved through quality, sustained instrument instruction for children.”


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[Independent] Inside the Sound: How the Symphony and the Schools Came Together to Save the Strings

May 04, 2017

Saturday, April 29, at the Page Youth Center was like any other Saturday at the city’s most popular destination for parents and school-age children. The parking lot overflowed with family cars, SUVs, and vans, and the bases of the ball fields were loaded by Little Leaguers. Yet something was different; there was an unusual new sound coming from inside the big main room of the recreation center. Instead of the squeaking of athletic shoes on polished wood, the steady rhythm of basketballs being dribbled, or the sporadic applause of a crowd following a close volleyball game, there was music. Classical music.


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