Youth and Family Concerts

Every year the Symphony provides a set of free morning concerts for 4th and 5th graders at both the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium 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 a slightly longer version of the Youth concert and is 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."

 
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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.

Youth Concerts for 4th and 5th graders are performed at the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville (above) and the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

Youth Concerts for 4th and 5th graders are performed at the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville (above) and the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

OUr partners

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:

Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, Nathaniel Berman, Director

Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, Nathaniel Berman, Director

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Robert Kelley, Director

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Robert Kelley, Director

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, Terrel Eaton, Director

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, Terrel Eaton, Director

Cabrillo Youth Chorus, Cheryl Anderson, Director

Cabrillo Youth Chorus, Cheryl Anderson, Director

Santa Cruz High School Marching Band & Drumline, Christina Latham, Director

Santa Cruz High School Marching Band & Drumline, Christina Latham, Director

A special thank you to the Santa Cruz County Office of Education for making the Link Up program a reality by convincing teachers throughout the county to teach their students about music. The Orchestra Rocks!!

A special thank you to the Santa Cruz County Office of Education for making the Link Up program a reality by convincing teachers throughout the county to teach their students about music.

The Orchestra Rocks!!

A special thank you to the Santa Cruz Warriors for the use of the Kaiser Permanente Arena for our Santa Cruz Youth Concerts!

A special thank you to the Santa Cruz Warriors for the use of the Kaiser Permanente Arena for our Santa Cruz Youth Concerts!