Music matters.

The Symphony’s music education programs channel the talents of our orchestra, chorus members, and contributing music scholars into experiential learning opportunities for young and old. Each year approximately thirty-six hundred youth in Santa Fe and surrounding areas are served through our music education programs, in partnership with Santa Fe Public Schools, to bring much needed music education to students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience classical music. We also present small group ensembles to approximately three hundred seniors at local retirement homes and senior centers.

Our annual Discovery Concerts at The Lensic, featuring local storyteller Joe Hayes and the entire Symphony Orchestra, thrill more than fifteen hundred fourth-grade students from Santa Fe County and our Musical Instrument Program continues to gather, refurbish, and gift instruments to deserving students in Santa Fe, Española, Pojoaque, and Peñasco.

This past season, fourteen Symphony musicians traveled to nine different Santa Fe schools for the Kids’ Classical Concerts, close-up performances where small ensembles play classical and popular tunes, demonstrate different instruments, and even let students try their hand at conducting. All of these programs are free of charge and our acclaimed mentoring program is set to expand, continuing professional instruction in public schools for strings, brass, winds, percussion, voice, and guitar, while adding keyboard instruments as well.  If you would like to support these programs, please donate and become a Friend of the Music Education Committee today.

Together … we are the music.

“We are the Music,” our award-winning educational video, explores the music of 11 cultural groups that settled in the Santa Fe area. It has been used in classrooms for the past 6 years, and is available to download here or on the PBS Learning Media website. Watch now!

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Learn More Our decade-old mentoring program provides approximately 525 area middle & high school students with weekly individual or small group lessons in strings, brass, percussion, woodwinds, guitar & voice, with the addition of keyboard in the coming school year. Our 9 mentors are all professional musicians assisting 12 music teachers district wide, for a total of more than 900 hours of music instruction each year. Mentors also serve as role models and often form personal bonds with their students.
Community Concerts
Learn More In addition, as The Symphony’s gift to our community, we offer two “pay-what-you-wish” concerts each Symphony season at the Cathedral Basilica in Santa Fe. The next FREE concert is In Honor of Memorial Day on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 7:00 pm. No tickets are needed.
Learn More For seniors who aren’t able to attend concerts at The Lensic, we bring the music to their place of residence. Small group ensembles present informal concerts with a variety of music that touches residents enjoying an active senior lifestyle or those in assisted living or memory care.
Learn More Kids’ Classical Concerts are Happenings! Nine times each year, small group ensembles of Symphony musicians visit 9 Santa Fe public elementary schools for an hour of music, education & fun. The musicians talk about and demonstrate each of their instruments and play a variety of music, popular & classical, fostering a lively interaction in which students are even given a chance to conduct the ensemble.
donate now Each Fall, 1,500 area fourth graders and their teachers come to The Lensic for our bilingual Discovery Concerts. The Public Schools provide busses to bring the children to The Lensic from Santa Fe, Pojoaque, Espanola and Pueblo schools. A bilingual “Meet the Orchestra” handbook is distributed to the schools prior to each concert, along with teaching materials. Local storyteller Joe Hayes enthralls the audience with a bilingual presentation of Peter & the Wolf, with the full Symphony Orchestra showcasing different instruments, followed by a symphonic concert with musical selections from The Symphony’s subscription concerts. This season marks the 13th year we have presented Discovery Concerts, supported by The Woodmere Foundation and The Santa Fe Public Schools/PASS program.


Support our community and learning programs by becoming a Friend of Music Education. You can earmark your contribution for a specific Music Education Committee community program, such as Mentoring or Senior Serenades, or help support all our community programs by contributing to Friends of Music Education. Also, visit our Volunteer page if you’d like to help out at community events or join our Music Education Committee.


Read letters from fourth grades at Santa Fe Public Schools thanking The Santa Fe Symphony musicians for our FREE Discovery Concerts at The Lensic.

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We gladly accept donations of musical instruments, refurbish them and provide them to promising middle and high school students who have submitted a written request.


Gather the kids and join us for our FREE pillow concerts at the Santa Fe Public Library’s Southside Branch for our Pillow Concert series! Presented by The Symphony’s Music Education Committee, this series features select Symphony musicians who demonstrate each of their instruments and play a variety of music, popular and classical, fostering a lively interaction with the kids, including a chance to conduct. No registration required. Concert geared towards kids 5 to 10, all ages welcome!