Community Leaders Come Together in Support of The Santa Barbara Symphony

End of Year Fundraising Campaign Creating Foundational Support as Education & Artistic Programming Go Virtual

Santa Barbara, CA. (June 23, 2020) –  The Santa Barbara Symphony launched an end of year fundraising campaign in May in support of ongoing operations while the organization advances with new momentum within the current environment. 

Led by Board Chair Janet Garufis, the Board of Directors, Music & Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti and Interim CEO, Kathryn R Martin have been updating the community on the extraordinary challenges and opportunities facing the organization since COVID-19 required the cancellation of the last three performances of the 2019-2020 Season.  

“The response from the community has been moving.  Every day, we receive donations of support – a $10 donation from a parent of a music education student, a check and hand-written note from a long-time supporter we hadn’t heard from in a while,” said Board Chair Janet Garufis. “We are so grateful to our long-time supporters and 100% of the Board, who are all making supplemental gifts toward the campaign.”

In response, a special group of community leaders have joined together with the Board of Directors and made lead gifts totaling $175,000, to date!  

  • Dan and Meg Burnham
  • Sarah Chrisman
  • Brooks and Kate Firestone
  • Janet Garufis
  • Patricia Gregory
  • Daniel and Mandy Hochman
  • Ann Jackson Family Foundation
  • Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp
  • Sara Miller McCune
  • Montecito Bank & Trust
  • Joan Rutkowski
  • SONOS, Inc.
  • Anne Towbes

“This is an extraordinary time for the Santa Barbara Symphony,” said Kathryn R Martin, Interim CEO, “While we are reeling from the loss of ticket income and the need for around-the-clock management during a pandemic, we are simultaneously seeing the resilience and commitment of this 67 year old Santa Barbara institution to continue to be of indispensable value to the community we serve – whether through our virtual programming or when we are all able to return to experience the full orchestra together again in the Granada. The community’s support is breathtaking.” 

For more information about how to participate in this campaign and the many ways to support the Santa Barbara Symphony and its programs, visit

The Santa Barbara Symphony looks forward to sharing the upcoming season of thrilling and inspired programming with the community and visitors alike! For more information on the Santa Barbara Symphony, or its programming, visit

About The Santa Barbara Symphony

Now in its 71st year, The Santa Barbara Symphony delivers artistic excellence, outstanding music education stewardship and programming, and community collaboration – all through symphonic music. Under the artistic leadership of Maestro Nir Kabaretti as Music & Artistic Director since 2006, The Symphony is one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Through his charismatic leadership, this globally admired conductor and Santa Barbara resident invigorates audiences and musicians alike through his passion, creativity, and vast experience. As the only music education program tied to a professional symphony orchestra in the region, The Symphony serves more than 4,000 students annually throughout Santa Barbara County. While The Symphony continues to evolve, bringing joy, engagement, and connection remain steadfast pillars of its mission and were evident in the organization’s ability to thrive during the pandemic including the historic announcement that board chair Janet Garufis and President & CEO Kathryn R Martin join Nir Kabaretti in making a five-year commitment to serve in their roles. For more information, visit

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