Monterey Symphony is a 501(3)c non-profit organization. Tax ID #94-1584123.
To engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.
The Monterey Symphony produces and presents the best musical programs, educational activities and community events possible to engage people of the Central Coast and the Salinas Valley in the continual discovery of symphonic music.
We invest in deepening the musical experience for our current patrons, identifying and recruiting more individuals who share their characteristics, and diversifying the ethnic and socioeconomic composition of our audience.
We perform major works by great composers, lesser-known works by them and their contemporaries, works by living composers and popular music that uses symphonic instrumentation. We perform music that has both public appeal and intellectual merit. We often select repertoire in our patrons’ “comfort zone,” as well as actively seeking ways to enlarge that zone. We provide advance materials and information which enable our patrons to enhance their concert-going experience.
We engage guest artists who illuminate the music through their interpretive skills and virtuosity.
We monitor our traditional concert halls making sure that the concert experience for both performers and audience meets optimal standards. We present innovative experiences in the concert hall through electronic media and technological advances. We also perform in non-traditional settings.
We embrace our role as music educator for lifelong learning, offering programs for elementary and secondary schools, college students, young professionals and families as well as more traditional audiences. We address the very real needs of the communities we serve in many ways, including assisting professional music educators in training young musicians, providing structured and meaningful exposure to symphonic music for elementary and secondary students and providing guidance to and programs for ethnic communities highlighting their musical traditions.
We are distinguished by four features: the continuous pursuit of the highest artistic and organizational quality, fiscal responsibility, innovation, and partnership. We operate openly, accurately, and effectively. We make informed choices from collected data. We strive for transparency consistent with standard business and accounting practices. We securely protect personal information and transactions.
We use contemporary technology to achieve our artistic, musical, educational, communication, and business objectives. We stay current through active engagement in state and national orchestra service organizations as well as local business and industry groups.
We are part of the communities we serve. We actively seek partners committed to the improvement of the quality of life in these communities, especially partners that share our passion for the power of music.
The guiding principles for the conduct of the Monterey Symphony’s board of directors, staff, musicians, and volunteers that shape our relationship with the community are:
We appreciate our extended Symphony family—donors, stakeholders, ticket buyers and musicians—for all they contribute to the orchestra’s success. We treasure the beauty of music and the orchestra performing it. We are committed to achieving our mission, implementing our vision for the future and conducting our activities in the spirit of these values. We foster a spirit of cooperation in all we do. We make working for the orchestra fun for everyone.
We express our gratitude for the generosity of those we serve who offer their time, talent, intellect, and money to the achievement of our mission. We engage our audiences through innovative programming. We use innovations to advance the development and decision-making of our board and the effectiveness of our staff.
We encourage loyalty of the musicians, board directors and staff to the symphony association, the community and each other. We respect the opinions of others and seek to find common ground when differing opinions are expressed. We strive for selflessness and service to the symphony association and the community. We conduct our activities with a high degree of transparency, openness and clarity, being inclusive rather than exclusive in decision-making. We trust each other in our deliberations and work together cooperatively.