The musical arts are alive and well in Santa Rosa. Few cities in America of comparable size support a regional symphony so vital, dynamic, and innovative. As the Santa Rosa Symphony gains a national reputation for stellar sound, bold excellence and community engagement, Sonoma County forges an identity as a place in love with classical music. While others struggle merely to survive, our orchestra strives for greater depth and breadth of artistry and accomplishment by:
- Maintaining the highest standard in artistic achievement
- Enriching the quality of life through classical music
- Inspiring our youth to appreciate and participate in the musical arts
- Engaging a broader audience with both traditional and innovative programming
- Establishing Sonoma County’s identity as a premier cultural destination
In 2006, Bruno Ferrandis began his tenure as music director and conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Emotional fire, dynamic technique, masterful interpretations, humor, grace and charm only begin to describe this musical artist. He has twenty years of conducting experience with some of the world’s great opera companies, and the finest orchestras of Europe and Asia. Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London as well as The Juilliard School, Ferrandis’ breadth of experience includes both standard and avant-garde repertoires, including ballet, musical theater and cinema accompanying music.
The 80 + musicians in the orchestra are professional members of Musician’s Union Local 6. Many play with other symphony orchestras, including Marin, Berkeley, Monterey, Modesto, and the San Francisco Opera and Ballet.
The Orchestra performs seven triple sets of its classical concerts from October through May on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Other popular programs that reach a diversified audience include a Symphony Pops series, a Saturday afternoon dress rehearsal series, a choral concert and a new Family Series.
Santa Rosa Symphony’s audience continues to expand across Sonoma County. Based on ticket sales relative to population, Sonoma County residents far exceed the national average for attendance at classical concerts. More than 100,000 people attend concerts or music education programs each year.
An ambitious commitment to education defines the Santa Rosa Symphony. Five Youth Ensembles and an instructional Summer Music Academy continue to grow in scope and influence. Free concerts for youth at the SRS concert venue are augmented by in-school music appreciation programs offered by musicians and docents. Scholarship assistance is provided for youth whose talents would otherwise go unserved.
The orchestra is run by the Santa Rosa Symphony Association, under the auspices of a 39-member volunteer Board of Directors and 15 professionals led by President and CEO Alan Silow. Paid staff is supported by the essential volunteer and fund-raising efforts of the Santa Rosa Symphony League.
Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center
Santa Rosa Symphony is the Resident Orchestra performing in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. This superb venue offers the opportunity to develop a true campus for the Symphony’s music education programs, and is building our region’s reputation as a premier cultural destination.
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The Santa Rosa Symphony is a member of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) and The League of American Orchestras (LAO, formerly the Association of Symphony Orchestras).
Santa Rosa Symphony concerts are made possible in part by grants from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Sonoma County Advertising Fund, and the City of Santa Rosa.