The Cambrian Symphony's mission is not only to entertain through classical music, but to work with our community to support the next generation of musicians. With that in mind, we have developed ties with several institutions of learning and hope to continue to branch out to more schools that would like the unique experience of collaborating with a high caliber symphony orchestra. There are currently no fees associated with our educational component, just the expectation of thorough preparation for rehearsal. For more information on how to connect with the Cambrian Symphony and its educational outreach please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of organizations and schools that are currently working with the musicians of the Cambrian Symphony.
Redwood Middle School
Located in Saratoga, Redwood Middle School has a wide variety of electives offered as well as fully developed arts programs in and out of the school day. Thanks to Redwood's generous donation of rehearsal space, we continue to be able to offer free admission to concerts as well as free performance opportunities for the students.
Castillero Middle School
Located in San Jose's Almaden Valley, Castillero is considered an Academic and Visual and Performing Arts School with over 1,000 involved in band, choir, orchestra, dance and drama and all 1,300 students covered when we add the visual arts. With incredible parent and administrative support, Castillero offers the arts to all students with a diverse population that gets the opportunity to shine in the arts via the free and equal access campaign that is the part of the very fabric of the programs on campus. Castillero feeds, Lincoln, Pioneer, Gunderson, Willow Glen, Leland and San Jose High. We currently are working closely with Pioneer and Lincoln and other arts teachers, several that perform with us on regular occasion.
San Jose State University
Thank you to San Jose State University for the use of their hall, facilities and the wonderful undergrads and alums that join us in performance and support of the next generation of learners. Between facilities, the summer camp, "Summer in the City" and their music education department, SJSU has made itself known through the community as a positive force for generations.
Saratoga High School
Saratoga High School is one of California's greatest schools. With unparalleled academic rigor, Saratoga High is also considered to have one of the finest and most developed performing arts programs led by Michael Boitz. Their performance venue, the McAfee, is stunning. The students are nothing short of excellent in terms of achievement and performance in the arts and the teachers continue to work to balance the pressures of modern day education and needs of a well balanced and caring environment for their students.
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
Under the direction of Ben Simon and Kris Yenney, PACO (pay-co) offers string students in the bay area the unique opportunity to play in small chamber orchestras topping out at 25 members per level. Their strong concept of learning through chamber music and "play well with others" inspired a documentary about the positive effects of music and small group collaboration on the development of any child, but especially in the high stakes arena of Palo Alto schools.
San Jose Dance Theatre
Professionally, the Cambrian Symphony is linked exclusively with the San Jose Dance Theatre which is in its 51st year of performing The Nutcracker in downtown San Jose. It is with great joy that we continue this partnership with the SJDT board of directors and Artistic Director, Linda Hurkmans. They have recently revived their studio and now offer classes year round with internationally renowned guests and artists.