At the heart of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s mission lies our goal to be an indispensable partner to our community, providing enrichment through inspiring concerts, music education programs, and access for everyone.
Symphony By-laws (pdf)
1. Collection of Information
Certain applications on the Santa Barbara Symphony website may require users to register or to provide personal information in order to make a commercial transaction, or to subscribe to a newsletter. Such personal information is not shared or sold to third parties, except as in special mailing lists as outlined in Section #2.
To better understand the needs of our website users, we may also request demographic information. Entry of such information is optional and if you choose not to enter such information, you can successfully use these applications.
If we request demographic information, we will not share information about you as an individual with any other entity or third party. When we share demographic information with third parties, we will provide aggregate information only.
2. Mailing Lists
If you provide your e-mail address, the Santa Barbara Symphony may periodically contact you with special offers, updated information, and new services. Any group e-mails sent to you by the Santa Barbara Symphony give you the option to be removed from the e-mail mailing list.
Selected applications on our web site allow visitors to subscribe to our newsletter or concert season by providing their names and addresses to the Santa Barbara Symphony. If you provide the Santa Barbara Symphony with your mailing address or telephone number, the Santa Barbara Symphony will send you the Santa Barbara Symphony newsletter and/or subscription package and may also use your contact information to alert you to updated information and new services. If you wish to be removed from the mailing list, please contact the Santa Barbara Symphony.
3. Collective Arts Marketing
Up to two times each year, the Santa Barbara Symphony participates in a joint mailing effort to help promote arts groups in our community. The joint effort is a collaboration among several arts groups to reach new audience members who have shown an affinity for the arts. For these efforts, each of the participating arts groups send their mailing list to a third party mail house (such as Santa Barbara Mailworks) for one time use. The mail house then takes the mailing address data from the various sources and performs a merge, eliminating any duplicate or redundant data. After the mailings to this merged list are accomplished, the shared data is destroyed by the mail house.
The groups sharing mailing lists for these one-time collaborative marketing efforts include, but is not limited to:
Music Academy of the West
Community Arts Music Association
UCSB Arts and Lectures
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra
Opera Santa Barbara
Ojai Music Festival
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Contemporary Arts Forum
State Street Ballet
Santa Barbara Choral Society
If you wish to opt out of this type of collaborative marketing effort, please contact us and ask that your mailing address information be used exclusively by the Santa Barbara Symphony. Other than this specified and limited joint marketing effort, your personal information will not be shared with any other external organization or entity.
4. Special contests and sponsored events
The Santa Barbara Symphony may occasionally present a special contest or promotion on thesymphony.org that is sponsored by another company. To qualify for entry, we may ask you to provide personal information. If we have any plans to share that information with the sponsor(s), we will make this intention clear in our promotional information so you may elect not to enter.
5. Financial Information Privacy
The Santa Barbara Symphony will protect any personal financial information that you share with us. If you make a purchase on the Santa Barbara Symphony website, we will use your credit card number only to process your payment and will not use it for marketing purposes. For reasons of security, credit card information is not stored on our Web server. We will retain order information for our records, but this information is never shared with third parties.
We do not solicit personal information from children. Pages specifically geared toward children will not request any personal or contact information.
8. Contact Us / How to update your personal information
You can help the Santa Barbara Symphony maintain the accuracy of your personal information by notifying us when you change your address, title, phone number, or e-mail address. Contact us via the information on the thesymphony.org contacts page if you wish to update your information or if you no longer wish to receive communications from the Santa Barbara Symphony, our partners, or selected third parties. Please include both your old and new contact information so that we can make the appropriate corrections.
9. Legal Disclaimer
Although we make every effort to protect and assure user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law. If we are required by court order or legal process to disclose your personal information, we will make every effort to advise you so that you may object to disclosure. To the extent possible, we will object to disclosure on your behalf and seek to limit the use of such information.
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One of most beautiful cities in California, Santa Barbara has the arts and culture of a big city with the hospitality and charm of a small, coastal town. Beyond the city’s picture-perfect scenery, Santa Barbara is a haven for classical music lovers, hosting several performing arts venues, a symphony orchestra, and many non-profit classical musical groups. The art galleries, world-class museums, and historic theaters create a thriving arts scene in downtown Santa Barbara, ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live.
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Kathryn R. Martin
Development and Database Manager
Patron and Marketing Associate
Education Programs Manager
Youth Symphony Conductor
Philharmonia and Camerata Conductor
Philharmonia and Camerata Personnel Manager
Youth Symphony Personnel Manager
Don Gilman, Ed.D *
George Konstantinow, Ph.D.
Howard J. Smith
Dr. Robert W. Weinman
Nir Kabaretti, Music & Artistic Director
Kathryn R. Martin, Interim CEO
Don Foster, Musician, Orchestra Representative
Honorary Board of Directors
Richard Aberle **
Leni Fe Bland **
James H. Franzen
Connie O'Shaughnessy Los
Mrs. Raymond King Myerson
Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree
Norman Sosner *
Marilynn L. Sullivan
Anne Smith Towbes
Michael Towbes **
Board Member Emeritus
Past Presidents’ Council
Norman Sosner 1992-97
Evan Collins 1997-2000
Helene Beaver 2000-2002
Linda Hedgepeth 2002-2004
Marsha Wayne ** 2004-2005
Charles Greene, Ph.D. 2005-2007
Gillian Launie 2007-2010
Stefan Riesenfeld 2010-2012
Paksy Plackis-Cheng 2012-2014
Arthur Swalley 2014-2017
Don Gilman* 2017-2019
Gregg Hackethal – Lead Trustee
James H. Franzen
** In Memoriam
* Immediate Past President
Mrs. Raymond King Myerson String Section Sponsor
Jessica Guideri, Concertmaster
Tom & Christina Frisina Musician Sponsor
Elizabeth Hedman, Associate Concertmaster
Ina Veli, Assistant Concertmaster
Ryo Usami, Principal Second Violin
Karen Lee Schipp Chair
Yue Deng, Assistant Principal Second Violin
Ji Young An
Rebecca Chung Hamilton
Norman Sosner Chair, endowed by Michael Towbes
Marilyn Gilbert Musician Sponsor
Eli & Leatrice Luria Chair
Erik Rynearson, Principal
Phillip Triggs, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Robert B. Eichholz Chair
Pat & Terry Straehhley Musician Sponsor
Trevor Handy, Principal
Geoffrey Rutkowski Chair
Jonathan Flaksman, Assistant Principal
Barbara H. Burger Chair
Dr. Robert W. Weinman Musician Sponsor
Peter Morris Musician Sponsor
Samuel Shuhan, Principal
Charles R. & Barbara B. Greene Musician Sponsor
Neil Garber, Assistant Principal Bass
Léni Fé Bland Chair
Nina Franklin Liff Chair
Jan Davis-Hadley Musician Sponsor
Nancy & Fred Golden Oboe Section Sponsor
Lara Wickes, Principal
Donald T. Foster, Principal
Conway Family Chair
Andy Radford, Principal
Dick & Ann Zylstra Musician Sponsor
TJ Locker Brass Section Sponsor
Teag Reaves, Principal
Rose E. Brunner Chair
Vacant, 4th Horn
Jon Lewis, Principal
Ethel L. Shopen Chair
Dillon MacIntyre, Principal
Wesner/Hoehn Family Musician Sponsor
Lukas Storm, Principal
Percy Sales & Ross Beardsley Musician Sponsor
Mark Zimoski, Principal
Eduardo Meneses, Principal
Michelle Temple, Principal
Natasha Kislenko, Principal
Kathryn R. & Peter Martin Musician Sponsor
The John M. and Linda L. Hedgepeth Conductor’s Podium
Official website: nirkabaretti.com
Internationally acclaimed conductor Nir Kabaretti's artistic reach continues to expand across the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, thrilling audiences with his dynamic conducting style and vast knowledge in all facets of musical performing arts. Upcoming engagements include a return to the Opera in Rome, Italy, recording with the London Philharmonic orchestra, a production of Don Giovanni with the Bogota Philharmonic in Colombia, and a debut with the Santa Fe Symphony. In 2018, Kabaretti was appointed Music Director of the Israel Sinfonietta Be'er Sheva while continuing his tenure with the Southwest Florida Symphony.
Maestro Kabaretti has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians, in leading opera houses, and has led renowned orchestras. Some of his most well-known collaborators include Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Repin and Hélène Grimaud.
Kabaretti keeps a busy international conducting schedule. Notable appearances include the Israel, Tokyo, Rochester, Zagreb and Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestras, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Orchestre Philharmonie Royale de Liège, Philadelphia and Vienna Chamber Orchestras, National Taiwan, Haifa and Israel Rishon Le Tzion Symphony Orchestras, Orquestas Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, de Madrid, and de Gran Canaria, Orquestres National du Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse and de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestras del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova and Petruzzelli di Bari, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “La Verdi,” Real Orchesta Sinfònica de Sevilla and the Bochumer Symphoniker.
Kabaretti’s operatic and ballet experience includes productions at Teatro alla Scala di Milano, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Real, The Israeli Opera, Opéra de Lausanne, Avenches Festival, The New National Theatre in Tokyo, The Bregenz Festival and Expo 2000 in Hannover, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, the Caracalla Roman Bath, and in 2019 Nir debuted at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago Italy, with Madame Butterfly.
Upon graduation from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Kabaretti was appointed Chorus Master of the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival and early in his career was assistant to the Music Director of Teatro Real in Madrid and Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Maestro Kabaretti received the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Grant for Young Conductors and won the Forum Junger Künstler Conducting Competition in 1993. In 1994 he was among the finalists in the International Competition for Conductors in Douai, France.
To enrich our community by creating powerful musical experiences performed with passion and excellence, and by providing indispensable music education and community engagement.
The Santa Barbara Symphony was founded in 1953 on the belief that a special city deserves a special orchestra. Consistently lauded for its unique ability to present brilliant concerts, engage the community, and deliver dynamic music education programs, the organization prizes both innovation and artistic excellence and is widely recognized as one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Its award-winning Music Education Center serves 9,000 students in Santa Barbara County with regular programming and as many as 10,800 students through special programming each year. Charismatic Israeli conductor Nir Kabaretti was appointed music and artistic director of the Santa Barbara Symphony in 2006.
The Symphony gave its first concert on December 12, 1953 at the Lobero Theatre under the baton of Belgian cellist Adolphe Frezin. It was a modest start for a community orchestra.
By 1961, plenty of people were enjoying the concerts under the direction of the Symphony’s first full-time Music Director, renowned pianist and conductor Erno Daniel (1960-1967). The orchestra outgrew the intimate Lobero Theatre and began to play at the Granada Theatre. Ronald Ondrejka (1967-1979) succeeded Daniel and served as music director through twelve seasons of continuous artistic improvement.
In 1976, the Symphony moved to the Arlington Theatre, which had just undergone a substantial renovation. Opening night at the Arlington Theatre featured king of swing Benny Goodman, who performed as clarinet soloist with the orchestra in a concert of classical and jazz. Goodman was just one of many internationally recognized soloists to have played with the Symphony over the years. Others who graced the stage: world renowned cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, Grammy-winners, violinist Hilary Hahn and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, brilliant violinist Augustin Hadelich, as well as two famed Santa Barbara violinists: Nina Bodnar and Gilles Apap, both of whom served as concertmaster and soloist with the orchestra. The Santa Barbara Symphony has debuted the works of acclaimed contemporary composers: Sergio Assad, Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis, Luis Bacalov and more. Legendary Hollywood composer Elmer Bernstein was one of several composers-in-residence throughout the years.
In 1979, Frank Collura took over as Symphony conductor (1979-1984). During his four seasons as conductor, he added a new dimension of freshness and enthusiasm to the orchestra, and elicited a new level of discipline and performance from the musicians.
Varujan Kojian (1985-1993) took the podium in 1985, bringing unmatched international experience as well as winning charm, ushering in an era of distinguished artistry. The Symphony matured into one of the country’s most respected regional ensembles.
In 1989, the Santa Barbara Symphony was chosen as one of only three orchestras in the United States to receive an Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This grant funded the Symphony’s first Strategic Plan (1991), which addressed challenges associated with the expansion of its programs. The Plan paved the way to a seven-concert subscription series, free Patriotic Fourth of July Concerts in the Sunken Garden, and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops Concert that has become a cherished Santa Barbara tradition. Having accomplished so much during a tragically curtailed tenure, Maestro Kojian passed away in 1993 following a battle with cancer, and Santa Barbara lost a “world-class conductor of elegance and grace.”
Gisèle Ben-Dor (1994-2006) succeeded Kojian in 1994, and put the Symphony on the map with several acclaimed recordings. She also started the Symphony’s community music festivals, which continue today as the successful International Guitar and Percussion Festivals.
After a two-year international search for excellence, Nir Kabaretti became the Music Director in 2006 and Artistic Director in 2008. In October 2008, Kabaretti led the Santa Barbara Symphony into a new era at the lovingly restored Granada Theatre.
Maestro Kabaretti has established an outstanding international reputation conducting major orchestras such as The Israel Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica di Buenos Aires, and more. Born in Israel, Maestro Kabaretti graduated from the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Kabaretti has worked as coach and chorus master at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He also has been assistant to the music director at the Teatro Real in Madrid and conductor and personal assistant to maestro Zubin Mehta at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy.
For over 60 years, Santa Barbarans driven by passion and dedication to sharing excellence with others have been the backbone of the Symphony’s vision. The long-term investment in artistic excellence has paid tremendous dividends. Increasing production values, attracting talented soloists and retaining high-caliber musicians is crucial to inspiring audiences, and it’s clear this community craves the highest quality concerts and that our children can be moved by the power of music. Santa Barbara Symphony is deepening its roots and expanding its appeal. As we move into a new era, it is our intention to make world-class music a part of the cultural life of Santa Barbara County; to ensure that all members of the community are aware of Symphony programs; to create opportunities for all community members to participate in Symphony activities; to diversify the Symphony audience; and to build a financial foundation that enables us to operate with greater tolerance for artistic risk and ever greater focus on artistic excellence.
We believe that we live in a special community and that Santa Barbara deserves a special Symphony – the Santa Barbara Symphony.