Youth and Family Concerts
Every year the Symphony provides a set of free morning concerts for 4th and 5th graders at both the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz and Watsonville's Mello Center for the Performing Arts. The concerts are presented in a highly accessible style, using elements of humor, movement, and audience participation. These concerts are attended by over 4,000 students and their teachers annually.
Before each youth concert, one of our professional musicians visits each classroom to talk about their instrument, what an orchestra is, and what it's like to be a professional musician. Students have the chance to ask questions and even try out the instrument.
The Family Concert is held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and is a slightly longer version of the Youth concert open to families of all ages. Immediately following the Family Concert, children are invited to come backstage to meet the musicians and try out their instruments in our "Orchestra Petting Zoo."
Our mission is to "inspire, educate and engage."
We believe students who are learning to play orchestra instruments should have the chance to play with larger ensembles.
In 2017-18 we are incorporating Carnegie Hall's Link Up program which invites students to participate by clapping, singing and playing recorders.
The Santa Cruz Symphony collaborates with many other youth arts groups and organizations to put on its Youth and Family Concerts. A big thank you to: