The Santa Cruz Symphony's mission is to inspire, engage, and educate through artistic excellence, distinctive musical performances, and varied activities that celebrate and enhance the cultural vibrancy of our community.
The Santa Cruz County Symphony was founded in 1958, and since those early beginnings, the organization has grown to become one of the finest orchestras of its size in California, earning frequent critical acclaim. The orchestra musicians are among the finest in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Symphony showcases world-renowned soloists at its concerts. The Santa Cruz County Symphony performs ten classical concerts in its regular season from October to May at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville. The Symphony also performs special benefit concerts, free School Concerts and a reduced-admission Family Concert. Additionally the Symphony demonstrates its commitment to education each year with its heralded Youth Program, which reaches over 4,000 elementary students throughout Santa Cruz County each year.