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The Symphony Music Van Program:
Book Your 3rd Grade Classroom Visit Today!

Introducing the instruments of The Symphony to students at an early age, the award-winning Music Van program visits over 40 schools in the greater Santa Barbara area each year. This unique program gives 3rd grade students a hands-on experience that sparks interest in taking up an instrument. This FREE program is made possible by Symphony donors.  Our Music Van Video produced during COVID is also available to any school and classroom free of charge.

Music Van students:

  • Learn about each of the instruments that make up a symphony orchestra
  • Watch how each instrument is played and hear its sound
  • Learn how to produce a sound on each instrument
  • Get inspired to play an instrument!

The Symphony Youth Ensembles program:
Fall Concerts on November 11 & 12!

As the only youth orchestra program in the region connected to a professional symphony and a college, the Symphony’s multi-level Youth Ensembles present a unique learning opportunity for young musicians to develop their skills and connect with music and each other.


Camerata Ensemble & Philharmonia Orchestra
Saturday, November 11 @ 3:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony
Sunday, November 12 @ 4:00 PM
The Lobero Theatre

We are currently accepting late applications as space in the orchestras allow. To ensure appropriate ensemble placement, all new and returning students are required to audition.

Students playing oboe, bassoon, brass, or low strings are particularly encouraged to apply — but ALL orchestral instrumentalists in the 3rd to 12th grades are invited to audition!

Applications for the Santa Barbara Symphony Youth Ensembles are now OPEN! 

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