The Symphony Music Education Center

Musical Mentors

Each concert season, we pair our guest artists to different community organizations to share their music and stories of their careers. These groups will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions of these individuals gaining an insight into the lives of a classical musician.

Guest Artists

Guitarist Pablo Sainz-Villegas at Franklin School (2016)

Violinist Philippe Quint at Franklin School (2015)

Principal Pianist Natasha Kislenko at Girls Inc. of Carpinteria (2015)

Violinist Timothy Chooi at Santa Barbara Junior High (2013)

Principal Harpist Michelle Temple at Girls, Inc. of Santa Barbara (2013)

Violinist Alexandre Da Costa at Franklin School (2012)

More information

Kristine Pacheco
Education Programs Manager
805-898-1417
kpacheco@thesymphony.org

 

Concerts for Young People

 

A Program of the Santa Barbara Symphony in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute

The Santa Barbara Symphony is delighted to partner with the national program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute for this season’s 2019-2020 Concerts for Young People.  We know that playing together builds community, so through the help of Carnegie’s Link Up program, we will transform CYP into an interactive concert experience. Students are invited, at their seats, to sing or play along with the Santa Barbara Symphony. This year’s concert, The Orchestra Sings, focuses on the musical concept of melody.

As in years past, the Symphony  is pleased to bring this program to students in 4th through 6th grade across Santa Barbara County. The concert is provided at no cost to participating schools, with each school responsible for providing its own transportation.  

 

Are you a teacher in Santa Barbara County interested in bringing your 4th-6th grade students?

The Santa Barbara Symphony is excited to announce that registration is now open for this season’s interactive Concerts for Young People Program!  Click on the link below to sign up now! All 4 concerts are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Concert length: approximately 45 minutes

Location: Granada Theatre (1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101) in downtown Santa Barbara

Dates and Times: The 2019-2020 concerts will take place on EITHER THURSDAY JANUARY 16, 2020 AT 9:45 am or 11:15 am OR FRIDAY JANUARY 17, 2020 AT 9:45 am or 11:15 am. 

SIGN UP HERE

More Information:

Kristine Pacheco
Education Programs Manager
805-898-1417
kpacheco@thesymphony.org

 

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music Van

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music Van, generously donated by Marilynn and Tom Sullivan, has been in operation since 1978. The Music Van is a mobile music classroom filled with orchestral instruments, which were kindly donated by Nick Rail Music. It makes annual visits to 3rd grade classrooms in the greater Santa Barbara area from September through December. The Music Van serves about 2,000 students in more than 40 schools each year. For many kids, the Music Van provides the first opportunity for them to see, hear and “play” a real musical instrument.

Music Van docents conduct a one-hour session with students. During the first half hour, students are introduced to the orchestra, conductor, and the instruments. A CD is used to demonstrate the sound of each instrument and a professional musician accompanies the docents to demonstrate an instrument group (strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion). The students are able to try out all the instruments during the second half hour, and this is the most fun part for them! There are usually two one-hour sessions at a school, and the teachers LOVE the program!

Registration

Registration for the 2018 Music Van season is now open to schools in Santa Barbara County!  Please fill out the online application to sign up.

Make a Donation to the Music Van

Any money donated will be used to purchase equipment for the Music Van. Make checks payable to Santa Barbara Symphony with “Music Van” in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to Santa Barbara Symphony, Attn: Music Van, 1330 State St., Ste 102, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

There is something magical about seeing a child hold and “play” an instrument for the first time. Many of these children are then inspired to take music lessons and participate in musical experiences for the rest of their lives. Thank you for supporting the Music Van and helping to enrich the education of our children.

Music Van News

More Information

Kristine Pacheco
Education Programs Manager
805-898-1417
kpacheco@thesymphony.org

 

Elementary School Programming

Elementary School Programming is the beginning of the Music Education Center trajectory. The programs provide free weekly lessons and instruments to approximately 140 young musicians. The lessons occur in groups of 3-6 students and are divided into levels. This program gives musical training to many students that would not have otherwise considered taking up an instrument. The Music Education Center works with the school districts to guide and ensure that a need is met that cannot be filled by district funding. It is the goal of the Elementary School Programming that students will join the Santa Barbara Junior Orchestra and begin to move through the Music Education Center continuum.

  • BRAVO! program in Santa Barbara Unified School District

The Music Education Center began working with the Santa Barbara Unified School District in 2016 in administering the BRAVO! after-school music program. This district-wide program provides free weekly afterschool music instruction to approximately 260 SBUSD students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades.

More Information

Kristine Pacheco
Education Programs Manager
(805) 898-1417
kpacheco@thesymphony.org

BRAVO! is sponsored by:
Logos for Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, and Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture

 

Camerata String Ensemble

Auditions are on August 23-25, 2019Learn more about the requirements.

In the Santa Barbara Symphony Youth Ensembles, students learn how to play in an ensemble while they strive to improve their individual playing skills. 

Camerata String Ensemble

Level: Beginner
The Camerata String Ensemble is comprised of string players (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) who are early in their musical training. It introduces students to the basics of ensemble playing, following a conductor, and listening across a musical group while playing. Students in the Camerata String Ensemble have at least one (1) year of experience on their instrument (either in a group setting or private lessons). 

2019-20 Tuition

$250/year
Tuition fees cover the cost for the 2019-20 season. Scholarships are available and information regarding these can be found on the application form. Admitted musicians will not be turned away due to finances. If tuition presents a challenge, please reach out.

Links

  • 2019-20 Policies & Rules (English and Spanish)
  • 2019-20 Application Form (English and Spanish)

2019-20 Performances

All performances are free admission unless otherwise noted.

  •  Saturday, November 23, 2019, 3pm
  •  Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3pm
  •  Saturday, May 9, 2020, 3pm

2019-20 Audition Information

Audition Dates

  • August 23-24, 2019: Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion
  • August 24-25, 2019: Violins, Violas, Cellos, Bass

Audition Location

To be announced.

Audition Requirements

Camerata String Ensemble

Students auditioning for Camerata String Ensemble should have at least one (1) year of experience on their instrument (either in a group setting or private lessons). 

  • Fill out the application form (available in English and Spanish).
  • Prepare the following:
    • One-octave major scale and arpeggio: A, D, C, and G (or) Two-octave major scale and arpeggio: C and/or G
    • Solo piece or excerpt (2 minutes in length) which best demonstrates the student’s skills
    • Sight reading, as decided by the conductor

For more information, please contact

Kristine Pacheco
Education Programs Manager
(805) 898-1417
kpacheco@thesymphony.org

 

Philharmonia Orchestra

Auditions are on August 23-25, 2019Learn more about the requirements.

In the Santa Barbara Symphony Youth Ensembles, students learn how to play in an ensemble while they strive to improve their individual playing skills. 

Philharmonia Orchestra Info

Level: Intermediate
The Philharmonia Orchestra engages string, wind, brass, and percussion students in performing as a full orchestra. To provide targeted training and experience with other repertoire, Philharmonia students also rehearse as a chamber strings group and a symphonic wind band. Students perform in both the full orchestra and their chamber group. Students in the Philharmonia Orchestra have two (2) or more years of study on a string, wind, brass, or percussion instrument. 

2019-20 Tuition

$250/year
Tuition fees cover the cost for the 2019-20 season. Scholarships are available and information regarding these can be found on the application form. Admitted musicians will not be turned away due to finances. If tuition presents a challenge, please reach out.

Links

  • 2019-20 Policies & Rules (English and Spanish)
  • 2019-20 Application Form (English and Spanish)

2019-20 Performances

All performances are free admission unless otherwise noted.

  •  Saturday, November 23, 2019, 3pm
  •  Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3pm
  •  Saturday, May 9, 2020, 3pm

2019-20 Audition Information

Audition Dates

  • August 23-24, 2019: Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion
  • August 24-25, 2019: Violins, Violas, Cellos, Bass

Audition Location

To be announced.

Philharmonia Orchestra Audition Requirements

Students auditioning for the Philharmonia Orchestra should have two (2) or more years of study on a string, wind, brass, or percussion instrument. 

  • Fill out the application form (available in English and Spanish).
  • Prepare the following according to instrument type:

Strings:

  • Two-octave major scales and arpeggios: C, G, D, A, B-flat, and E-flat
  • Solo piece or excerpt (3 minutes in length) which best demonstrates the student’s skills
  • Sight reading, as directed by conductor

Woodwinds and Brass:

  • Two-octave major scales and arpeggios: F, B-flat, and E-flat
  • Two-octave chromatic scale (if possible)
  • Solo piece or excerpt (2-3 minutes in length) which best demonstrates the student’s skills
  • Sight reading, as directed by conductor   

Percussionists

  • Solo piece or excerpt on the snare drum
  • Sight reading, as directed by conductor

For more information, please contact

Kristine Pacheco
Education Programs Manager
(805) 898-1417
kpacheco@thesymphony.org

 

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony

Note: Youth Symphony auditions are on August 23-25, 2019

Heralded as “…a prestigious group of young, talented musicians…” by Santa Barbara Seasons magazine, the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony brings together 70-80 gifted musicians, ages 12-18, from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties to perform works across the orchestral repertoire. Under the baton of Andy Radford, this advanced ensemble instills the discipline and commitment that budding young professionals need for the next step in their careers, whether in music or another field.

Links

2019-20 Performances

  • Sunday, November 24, 2019, 4pm 
  • Sunday, February 23, 2020, 4pm
  • Sunday, May 10, 2020, 4pm

2019-20 Tuition

$350/year
Tuition fees cover the cost for the 2019-20 season. Scholarships are available and information regarding these can be found on the application form. Admitted musicians will not be turned away due to finances. If tuition is a challenge, please reach out.

2019-20 Audition Information

Audition Dates

  • August 23-24, 2019: Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion
  • August 24-25, 2019: Violins, Violas, Cellos, Bass

Audition Location

To be announced.

Audition Requirements

  • Fill out the application form (available in English and Spanish)
  • Scales and Arpeggios:
    • String players prepare a 3 octave major and minor scale and arpeggio of your choosing AND a 3 octave chromatic scale
    • Woodwind and brass players prepare a 2 or 3 (if possible) octave scale and arpeggio of your choosing AND a two-octave chromatic scale
  • Download and prepare audition excerpts according to an instrument
  • A solo piece which best demonstrates both technical and musical skills on the instrument (no accompanist needed)
  • Sight reading, as directed by the conductor

For more information, contact

Kristine Pacheco
Education Programs Manager
(805) 898-1417
kpacheco@thesymphony.org

 

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