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ABOUT THE SYMPHONY
The mission of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (The Symphony) 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.
The Orchestra & Chorus
The Symphony’s orchestra is comprised of more than 50 tenured professional musicians from Central and Northern New Mexico. The size of the orchestra is expanded with guest professional musicians when required by the programming. The Symphony’s chorus is a volunteer ensemble of more than 60 singers, augmented by 12 paid professional vocalists, all of whom live in the Santa Fe area. The Board is currently comprised of 15 donor members and five musician members. The administrative staff totals six individuals.
The organization in typical seasons performs 11–12 subscription concerts and three free community concerts with an annual budget of approximately $1.6 million. The Foundation for The Santa Fe Symphony (The Foundation) holds assets of more than $3 million. The Symphony’s Music Education Committee supports and assists community engagement programs to provide classical music involvement to families and students throughout Northern New Mexico. Through small ensemble concerts in the schools and assisted living facilities, annual symphony performances for all area fourth grade students, and a highly regarded mentoring program in the schools, the Music Education Committee has greatly increased the impact of the organization in the community.
The Symphony has a cooperative system of governance. Activities are divided into artistic and operational functions. Artistic functions are the domain of the musicians within limits that may be imposed by the ability of the Board to provide necessary funding and administration. The Board is responsible for all operational functions.
Artistic functions consist of all matters relating directly to the selection of repertoire and the quality of performances. The musicians collectively govern artistic matters through the Musicians’ Steering Committee. Twenty–five percent of board members come from the musicians’ ranks. In the cooperative model of The Symphony, the Executive Director serves as a bridge between these two groups, musicians and the Board.
Santa Fe, the capital city of New Mexico, is one of the most vibrant, culturally rich and diverse communities in America. Santa Fe is home to more than 250 art galleries, an outstanding professional symphony orchestra, a world–class opera house, a long–established summer chamber music festival and numerous additional performing and visual arts organizations and activities. The high desert mountain region offers a superb climate with outstanding skiing, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities. One of America’s great and historic destination cities, Santa Fe hosts an average of two million visitors each year.