Message from the Interim Executive Director: WELCOME!
In my first month leading the Santa Barbara Symphony, I’ve heard this wonderful word almost every day. I’ve been warmly welcomed to the Santa Barbara Symphony family by the small and mighty professional staff, the dedicated Board of Directors, our generous supporters, and fellow arts leaders in town and around the country.
As we prepare for the opening of our 64th season, we’re welcoming new season subscribers, first-time donors, new community partners, volunteers and docents, and all our teachers, mentors and students starting a new school year of Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center activities.
Soon we’ll be welcoming back the incredible members of the orchestra as Maestro Nir Kabaretti begins rehearsals for our 2016-17 Season Opening Weekend on October 15 & 16 at the Granada Theatre. In a powerful community collaboration, we will welcome nearly 150 members of the combined choruses of the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, the Quire of Voyces and San Marcos High School to perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
This is such an exciting time at the Santa Barbara Symphony, and momentum is building!
- Last month, we said a bittersweet farewell to former Executive Director David Pratt, who in a very short time positioned the Symphony for a new era of fiscal well-being and community engagement.
- David’s return to his homeland with the impressive appointment to Australia’s Queensland Symphony has created new visibility for our organization and the search for a new Executive Director.
- As a result of community partnerships and collaborations, this year our education programs will serve a record-breaking 8,300 students in our region!
- This week, over 80 instruments are being delivered to the offices for education program expansion and school district collaborations.
- The response to our 2016-17 season is phenomenal - and there’s still time to subscribe to the full season and lock in seats before single tickets go on sale to the public on September 15th!
- Every day we work in service to the Symphony's mission to enrich our community by creating powerful musical experiences performed with passion and excellence, and by providing indispensable music education and community engagement.
All of this is possible through the generosity and leadership of our supporters. As you may know, in non-profit performing arts organizations ticket sales only cover a small portion of the costs to do our mission-driven work. Thank you to everyone who is joining us this season as a Symphony supporter – and we look forward to saying “thank you” all season long!
On behalf of everyone at the Symphony, I look forward to meeting you in person, and welcoming you to our 64th season!
Kathryn R. Martin
Interim Executive Director