"Great kids develop from hearing and playing great music"
-- Maestro Frank Fetta
Maestro James Guthrie envisioned a community where all had access to and knowledge of symphonic music. This dream lives on through the San Bernardino Symphony's acclaimed music education program.
Music In The Schools
Symphony Guild docents visit third grade classes to educate children on the instruments they may choose to study the following year. This program begins young people thinking about playing an instrument which studies show increase their ability to excel in other subjects and has served over 90,000 students since its inception!
Musicians in the Schools
Trios of musicians visit fourth and fifth grade classes to provide educational and entertaining workshops focusing on symphonic music, use of instruments, careers in music, and working as a team.
Maestro in the Schools
Maestro Frank Fetta meets with orchestra classes to assign a piece of music for the students to learn alongside their teacher. Several weeks later, he returns and they play the piece for him, then he works with them in class to make their rendition of the piece truly performance ready. The students and their families are provided with tickets for the next Symphony performance and invited to the post-concert reception to spend more time with the Maestro and the other musicians bringing the experience full-circle. This program occurs at multiple middle and high schools five times each year.
Symphony Strings for Secondary Students
This annual day-long workshop for serious middle school stringed instrument players is offered annually at Sturges Auditorium each spring at no cost to the talented student attendees. To bring the experience full circle, each workshop attendee also receives tickets for they and a parent to attend a live Symphony performance and musician meet-and-greet.
Annual Student Concerts
Working in conjunction with the San Bernardino City Unified School District, the Symphony provides an annual student concert at the historic California Theatre each year. In the 2014/15 season, we expanded the program to TWO performances of our Musical Genius in America concert featuring the music of Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, and William Grant Still. This concert was selected in partnership with the District to support student studies related to Black History Month.
Symphony Debs and Red Tie Associates
Established in 1984, this program provides job skills training for local teens. These students assist patrons before and during concerts and special events, learn about the symphony industry, and develop teamwork skills that will benefit them throughout their careers.
Classroom to Concert Hall
Many local students benefit from school music classes, but few have experienced the excitement of a live orchestral performance. Therefore, the Symphony has formed a partnership with the San Bernardino City Unified School District to extend the educational experience for their students. During the 2014/15 season we provided more than 750 seats for students and their families and kept the conversation going with pre- and post-concert educational materials. We were only able to do this through the contributions of generous members of our community including Amazon, SoCalGas Employees Association, and many individual donors.
To find out how you can help further Maestro Guthrie's vision for our community, contact Executive Director Dr. Anne Viricel at (909) 381-5388.