The Symphony is a bold and successful collaboration between musicians and all who appreciate live performance. Our legacy of musical excellence goes hand-in-hand with our longstanding commitment to providing no-cost cultural outreach programs for the greater Santa Fe community. These initiatives include free concerts at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a variety of music education performances, and mentoring within the public schools, and performances at retirement homes and senior centers.

In addition, in 2009 The Symphony began collaborating with the Santa Fe Institute on a series of educational productions titled “Voyages of Discovery” exploring the relationships between science and music. Our first co-production was “Darwin and Mendelssohn,” followed by “The Planets” (coordinated with Chicago’s Adler Planetarium) in 2010, then by “Bach on the Brain” in 2011 and “The Majesty of Music and Mathematics” in 2013. The success of these events continues to lead to new opportunities for reaching students of all ages, nationally as well as regionally.

Founded in 1984, The Symphony today includes sixty-five professional musicians and seventy-five choristers—all New Mexico residents. Our musicians have trained at esteemed conservatories such as Juilliard and Northwestern and have performed with globally-recognized orchestras, including the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, The Symphony has been praised for its diverse programming, from beloved masterworks to premieres by such noted composers as Pulitzer Prize–winner George Walker and Academy Award–winners Elmer Bernstein and Dave Grusin. We are often privileged to work with renowned guest artists, such as Susanna Phillips, André Watts, and Anne Akiko Meyers, and conductors including Carmen Helena Télez, Tom Hall, and JoAnn Falletta.

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Music Education
Learn More In June 2011, we received The League of American Orchestras’ Award of Excellence for our “We Are The Music” DVD and related course materials for third and fourth graders, a special multi-ethnic cultural appreciation program now available nationally through the PBS LearningMediaTM online library.
We are The Music
Music Education Explore the music and dance sequences of eleven cultural groups who have settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico over the past seven hundred years. These diverse communities include the Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans, Crypto-Jewish, Celtic, German, Greek, Japanese, Tibetan, Sikh, and the Central Americans. All performers and narrators in these segments are school-aged.
Our Musicians
Learn More View bios of all our current tenured musician members
Our Choristers
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New Explorations

Learn more about next summer’s exciting revival of The Symphony and SFI’s production “The Majesty of Music and Mathematics.”

Voyages of Discovery IV
The Santa Fe Symphony and the Santa Fe Institute collaborated to produce this unique program that illuminates and explores the intersections of the "Majest of Music & Mathematics."


Our legacy of musical excellence goes hand-in-hand with our longstanding commitment to providing no-cost cultural outreach programs for audiences that otherwise might not have the opportunity to discover and enjoy symphonic music.


The mission of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus is to be a year-round regional cultural resource, engaging, inspiring, and enriching audiences of all ages and cultures by offering performances of the highest professional quality.

Form 990
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