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Youth Programs

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! The Monterey Symphony is also beginning its new year with our Season of Discovery and we invite you to be a part of it!

This year, there are several options for students to engage with classical music, including the follwowing:

  1. Youth Concerts: There will be two separate opportunities for schools to attend concerts specially designed for youth: a) a special matinee performance of the operetta Amahl & the Night Visitors on November 21, 2013; and, b) the Carnival of the Animals on February 25, 2014 directed by Daniel Wachs.
  2. In-School Demonstrations: Dr. Todd Samra, the Director of Music at St. James’ Episcopal Church and pre-concert lecturer for the Monterey Symphony, accompanied by select soloists and orchestra musicians from the 2013-2014 Season, will lead In-School Music Demonstrations during the week prior to concerts.
  3. Student Tickets and Open Rehearsals: We offer discounted student tickets to all concerts, as well as opportunities for  free attendance at our open rehearsals on Friday afternoons in Salinas.


For more information on how to become involved in the Symphony’s education programs, please contact Jane De Lay, Education and Outreach Coordinator at jdelay@montereysymphony.org.



Did you know that every year the Monterey Symphony engages fourth and fifth grade Monterey Symphony - Music In The SchoolsMonterey County students in our renowned Music in the Schools program? Musicians from the Symphony conduct In-School Demonstrations of the instrument families. We also host School Youth Concerts which were presented to 3,789 students from 22 schools last year alone. For many children who participate in our programs, this is their first experience learning about and hearing symphonic music LIVE! Feedback provided by the schools that attended shows that 97% of the students who participated want to attend future symphony performances. Our programs receive a tremendous amount of positive feedback from both teachers and students. To quote a teacher whose class attended a Youth Concert last year:

Please let the musicians and the conductor know they’re truly making a difference in these youngsters’ lives. Many of the students have never been introduced to the symphony; this musical experience stays with them and that’s so important.” ~Los Padres School

To students and teachers, the concerts and demonstrations are priceless; however, they do not come without a cost.

This year, our goal is to have the Music in the Schools program completely supported and have a sponsor for each and every one of the over 4,000 children who will attend the Youth Concerts. Your gift will make a lasting impact on these children. The Monterey Symphony relies solely on individual, foundation and corporate support to provide students with In-School Demonstrations and Youth Concerts.

The entire Music in the Schools program carries a price tag of approximately $60,000, or $10 per child attending the concert. Please give careful consideration to your gift and sponsor as many children as possible. Last year’s “The Case of the Missing Pipe(?)” Youth Concert was met with rave reviews as evidenced by the hundreds of letters received from the schools. Please take a moment to show your support of our programs.


Click here to contribute to Music in the Schools and help us make this year a success!


Thank you cards for the 2012 Youth Concert received from the First Grade class at Madonna del Sasso School:

Madonna del Sasso School First Grade“Dear Musicians,

Thank you for the wonderful music that you played for us. We enjoyed how the music went with the dancers.
Love, First Grade”

“Dear Dancers,

Thank you for dancing Peter and the Wolf for us. We liked your show and the costumes that you were in.
Love, First Grade”
Student discounts are available with ID at the ticket booth ONLY, 15 minutes before each performance.
Sunset Center $20; Steinbeck Institute of Art and Culture $15.
Education discounts are available IN ADVANCE ONLY by contacting the Monterey Symphony Education Coordinator directly at 831-645-1126.



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