Youth Symphony

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Musicians to Perform in Production of ‘Brundibár’

May 10, 2017

Compelling children’s opera will be presented at the Libbey Bowl on May 13, and at the Lobero Theatre on May 20.      

Santa Barbara, CA — Members of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony will take part in a fully staged production of Brundibár, Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása’s uniquely affecting children’s opera, at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai on Saturday, May 13, and at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 20. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on May 13, and at 2:30 and 5 pm on May 20.

A collaborative effort involving the Youth Symphony, Ojai Youth Opera, and the Santa Barbara Youth Opera, the production will be conducted by Opera Santa Barbara Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas. The Santa Barbara Youth Opera is an educational program offered by Opera Santa Barbara.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those members of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony selected to participate,” said Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “The production will serve as an introduction to opera for some, and all the musicians are certain to learn a great deal from Maestro Protopapas. From an institutional perspective, we are grateful to be collaborating with Opera Santa Barbara and Ojai Youth Opera.”


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Junior Orchestra to Present Season’s Final Concerts

May 05, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA — Two Santa Barbara Symphony youth ensembles will present free season-ending concerts the weekend of May 20-21. The Symphony’s Junior Orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and others beginning at 3 pm in First United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 20. The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony will present a program of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Mozart beginning at 4 pm in the Lobero Theatre on Sunday, May 21.

“These concerts will showcase the remarkable progress our young musicians have made over the course of the school year,” said Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “Both performances will be musical celebrations of sorts, and we encourage the wider community to come see and hear for themselves what can be achieved through quality, sustained instrument instruction for children.”


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[Independent] Inside the Sound: How the Symphony and the Schools Came Together to Save the Strings

May 04, 2017

Saturday, April 29, at the Page Youth Center was like any other Saturday at the city’s most popular destination for parents and school-age children. The parking lot overflowed with family cars, SUVs, and vans, and the bases of the ball fields were loaded by Little Leaguers. Yet something was different; there was an unusual new sound coming from inside the big main room of the recreation center. Instead of the squeaking of athletic shoes on polished wood, the steady rhythm of basketballs being dribbled, or the sporadic applause of a crowd following a close volleyball game, there was music. Classical music.


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony to Headline Free Community Concert on April 29

April 26, 2017

Page Youth Center performance also will include young musicians from other local programs and schools. 

Santa Barbara, CA — More than 300 local students ages 9 to 18 will perform a free classical music concert at the Page Youth Center beginning at 3 pm on Saturday, April 29. Presented by the Santa Barbara Symphony, the performance will feature musicians from the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, other Symphony youth outreach programs, and several area schools.

“Musicians from all Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center programs will participate, as will local junior high and high school students,” explained Amy Williams, director of education and community engagement for the Santa Barbara Symphony. “This concert will highlight all that we do through the Music Education Center, as well as our ongoing partnership with the Santa Barbara Unified School District. We’re all about friendship and sharing the wonders of music with children and the wider community.”


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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Fall 2016 Concert Video

January 02, 2017

The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony in concert on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Lobero Theatre

Andy Radford, Music Director
Holly Radford, Violin


Santa Barbara Symphony Seeks Co-Investors to Expand Afterschool Music Education Program

August 04, 2016

New partnership with Santa Barbara Unified School District’s BRAVO! program will create more learning opportunities for area elementary students.

The Santa Barbara Symphony is seeking additional funding partners for a proposed expansion of BRAVO!, the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s (SBUSD) afterschool music education program for public elementary students in grades five and six. Under the plan, the Symphony – in a new operational partnership with the SBUSD – will augment district teaching staff and extend the program’s hands-on instrument instruction to fourth-grade students. The Symphony also will assume greater responsibility for administering the program, including managing teaching artists.


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