Music Education Center

Free ‘Hands On!’ Music Festival Will Encourage Participants to Explore, Listen, and Play

April 25, 2016

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony invites community members of all ages to experiment with orchestral instruments, dance on a massive keyboard, and enjoy other musical fun at the first-ever “Hands On!” Music Festival, a free celebration in front of the Lobero Theatre on May 22. The event also will include music-oriented crafts with Santa Barbara Museum of Art staff, entertaining musical software, a photo booth, and a short program featuring instrumentalists from the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Junior Orchestra.

Activities will take place from noon to 4 pm, followed by the final concert of the 2015-16 season by the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony in the Lobero Theatre. Admission to the performance also is free.

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“Instrument Art” - Silent Auction

April 25, 2016

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony is excited to host the 1st Annual Hands On Music Festival on the steps of the Lobero Theatre on Sunday, May 22nd from 12 to 4pm. During this free event, the community is invited to “test drive” the instruments from the Music Van and enjoy several fun, music-related activities. Members of the Junior Orchestra will perform a few pieces, and visitors may sign-up to sit onstage and get an inside look at an orchestra rehearsal. At 4pm following the festival, we invite you inside the theatre to enjoy a free concert by the Youth Symphony.

As a special addition to this day, Youth Symphony members decorated, redesigned and gave new life to old instruments! Their work was nothing short of amazing, and these fantastic pieces of art will be available in a silent auction benefiting the Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center. The silent auction will start May 3rd at 9am and end on May 22nd at 4pm at the Hands On Music Festival. If you have any questions regarding the event or silent auction, please contact Amy Williams at 805-898-8785 or We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your support of the Symphony’s Music Education Center.

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Hands On Music Festival 2016

March 17, 2016

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Free Community Concert 2016

February 23, 2016

UPDATE 3/3/2016

Due to high chance of rain, wind, and cool temperatures on Saturday, March 5th, the Community Concert rehearsal and performance at the Santa Barbara Art Museum is cancelled. We have spent the past few days speaking with a local weatherman and watching the forecast closely and the risk of a wet day is extremely high. At this time, availability of free dates does not allow us any flexibility to reschedule the event so we are looking forward to bringing it back next year. Thank you for your understanding.

We're so excited to partner with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art this year for the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony's annual free Community Concert. The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Junior Orchestra, String Workshop students, Incredible Children's Art Network and other young musicians from all over Santa Barbara will be performing together. Fun art activities for the whole family will also be provided by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Young musicians who are interested in performing in the Community Concert, please contact Amy Williams at or call (805) 898-8785.

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Santa Barbara Youth Symphony to Present Free Concert on February 21

February 11, 2016

Ensemble’s second outing of the season will take place at the Lobero Theatre and include works by Doppler, Bizet, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Beethoven.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, whose accomplished members hail from throughout the region, will present a free concert at the Lobero Theatre on February 21. Featuring selections from Doppler’s Concerto for 2 Flutes, the Bizet L’Arlésienne Suites, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, as well as “Procession of the Nobles” from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mlada, the performance will begin at 4 pm. The Lobero Theatre is located at 33 East Canon Perdido Street in Santa Barbara.

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[KCLU] Symphony Brings Music Appreciation To Santa Barbara County Elementary Schools With Music Van

December 08, 2015

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With many Central and South Coast school districts having limited resources for arts programs, a local orchestra is doing its part to introduce music to younger generations.

The Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music Van is giving thousands of third graders in the region the chance to hold, touch, and to even play orchestral instruments.

KCLU’S Lance Orozco caught up with the music van in Carpinteria.