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.
“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!
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.
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!