Music Education Center

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony to Present Free Concert on November 22

November 06, 2015

Ensemble’s first outing of the season will take place at the Lobero Theatre and include works by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Reinecke, and Schumann.

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 November 22. Featuring movements from Debussy’s Petite Suite, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D Minor, Reinecke’s Flute Concerto, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, the performance will begin at 4 pm. The Lobero Theatre is located at 33 East Canon Perdido Street in Santa Barbara.

Consisting of some 70 musicians ages 12 to 18 from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony is the capstone program of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s award-winning Music Education Center, which organizes outreach activities for area children of all ages. The ensemble is led by Music Director Andy Radford, principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and members are selected through audition. The November 22 performance will feature solo turns by violinist Francis Pan and flutist Ilana Shapiro, both 15-year-old residents of Santa Barbara.


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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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