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Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music Van Visits Monroe School

October 23, 2015

Students get up close and musical with orchestral instruments

Third-grade students at Monroe Elementary School in Santa Barbara got up close and musical with an assortment of orchestral instruments courtesy of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s award-winning Music Van this week. 

A total of 47 students from two classes took part in a pair of sessions that included demonstrations and hands-on learning with volunteers and Santa Barbara Symphony Principal Bassoonist Andy Radford.

Participants were able to play a wide selection of donated brass, woodwind, percussion, and string instruments.

“The clarinet was my favorite because it’s fun to play and I like the way it sounds,” said Noah Arndt, age 8. 


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[Backstage at the Lobero] What You Should Know About the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony

September 29, 2015

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Cabrillo High School Student Wins International Trombone Competition in Spain

September 09, 2015

Cabrillo High musician is a member of the S.B. Youth Symphony 

Santa Barbara, CA — Cabrillo High School senior Connor Rowe recently took top honors in the Gilberto Gagliardi Tenor Trombone Competition in Valencia, Spain. The contest was one of several that took place as part of the 2015 International Trombone Festival held between July 8 and 11 in Valencia. The 17-year-old Lompoc resident was awarded a Schilke large-bore trombone for his winning performance.


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Violins galore!

August 19, 2015

Last Saturday, the Santa Barbara Symphony's Music Van violins made a special appearance at the Santa Barbara Bowl in conjunction with electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling's performance. Audience members got to try their hand at playing a violin with help from Music Van docents and staff members. We loved seeing people of all ages, experience levels, musicians and non-musicians alike stop by our table and experience the joy and excitement of the Music Van!

Special thanks to the Santa Barbara Bowl for this wonderful partnership. Check out some of our photos.


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Music Van at the Santa Barbara Bowl August 15th

August 04, 2015

Electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling, is coming to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday, August 15 at 7:00 PM. Special guest Lights will open the show. The Santa Barbara Bowl has invited the Santa Barbara Symphony's Music Van to be at the concert as part of the Santa Barbara Bowl's education outreach. The Santa Barbara Symphony is excited for this partnership, and for the opportunity to expose audience members to the world of classical instruments. Our Music Van docents and staff members will be on site with violins for everyone to try out!

The show will support Lindsey’s critically acclaimed sophomore album Shatter Me, which according to Neilson, was the #1 and #2 best-selling Electronic album in 2014.  Released on April 29, 2014 via Lindsey’s own label Lindseystomp Records, Shatter Me debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, #1 on the iTunes Album Chart, and spent an impressive 21 weeks straight at the #1 spot on the Billboard Classical Album Chart.


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[News-Press] Music’s cause trumpeted for young ears

January 16, 2015

On Thursday morning, all was not status quo around the 1200 block of State Street. Passersby may have been startled by the sight of a friendly invasion of school children, an orderly pileup of small people lining the sidewalks between Anapamu and Victoria streets, with a caravan of yellow school buses circling the block surrounding the Granada Theatre.

It was all for a good and culturally worthy cause, part of the Santa Barbara Symphony's "Concerts for Young People" series, in which busloads of elementary age children from around the area - in this case, 2,600 children brought in on field trips from 33 local schools - are given exposure to the workings of a real, live symphony orchestra.


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