Last season the Springfield Symphony Orchestra reached more than 25,000 members of our community through concerts in Symphony Hall, Education Connection Concerts, Youth Orchestra and Chorus performances, as well our traveling Musical Petting Zoo.
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is strongly committed to music education and community outreach. Examples are the annual presentation of two youth Education Connection Concerts that attract more than 5,000 school-age children each year; the many activities of the Youth Orchestras; our growing volunteer chorus; our Accent on Music youth tickets program; Evening of Instrumental Women , an educational series that introduces girls and young women to careers in the arts; and Meet the Musicians: High School Edition, our newest program that gives high school musicians a chance to interact with our professional musicians through a dinner and Q&A session after an SSO rehearsal.
To aid in impacting the social and cultural fabric of the Springfield area, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra has invested in collaborative partnerships. This past season saw collaborative efforts with the Community Music School of Springfield’s Youth Choruses and its String City ensemble, the Children’s Chorus of Springfield, Stone Soul Festival, Springfield Public Schools, Holyoke Community College, Sinai Temple of Springfield, Westfield State University, Belchertown High School, Minnechaug Regional High School, New England Public Radio, Center for Human Development, The Children’s Study Home, Friends of the Homeless, The Pioneer Valley Ballet, The Girl Scouts of Western Massachusetts, Girls Inc. of Holyoke, Valley Blue Sox, Greater Springfield Visitors and Convention Bureau, WMAS-FM Radio, The Bing Arts Center, and YPS, to name a few. For 72 years, the SSO has been dedicated to enhancing life in the region and will continue to do so for many more years to come.
Ticket sales (including subscriptions) cover only about one-third of the operating costs of the SSO. It is your generous donations that enable us to complete our mission: to maintain and develop a professional symphony orchestra that produces performances of high artistic quality, that educate and entertain audiences of all ages.
Your gift of support will significantly help us achieve our goals this year and make sure it is possible to provide our community with the best orchestra and concerts possible. Every donation helps all of us to ensure classical music is visible, accessible, and valued in the Pioneer Valley.
On behalf of our musicians, trustees, volunteers and dedicated staff, I thank you for your support as we continue our fantastic 2017-2018 Season!
Susan Beaudry, Executive Director