The mission of the San Francisco Symphony is to set the highest standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world; to enrich, serve, and shape cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities; and to maintain financial stabilty and gain public recognition as a means of ensuring its ability to fulfill its mission. Through its artistic, education, and outreach programs, the Symphony serves 600,000 people each year of every economic and cultural background in over 220 concerts.
Since its founding, the Symphony has embraced its role as one of the Bay Area's largest providers of education programs, serving some 75,000 young people representatitve of region's diversity each year. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Symphony "serves as the industry standard," providing comprehensive music education for all levels of musical development; most programs are free of charge.
Concerts for Kids introduces more than 23,000 children from the greater Bay Area to orchestral music through age-appropriate concerts in Davies Symphony Hall. The Symphony offers study materials and CDs of the concert repertoire mailed in advance of the performance. Teachers are also encouraged to participate in our free Docent and Teacher Workshop to learn more about the Concerts for Kids program and how to prepare students for their upcoming concert, or request a classroom visit by a trained Education Docent. This season, 36% of Concerts for Kids attendees came from Santa Clara (14%) and San Mateo (22%) counties.