The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra has been operating as a regional symphony for nearly 50 years. The ensemble of both professional union and volunteer company musicians performs free and ticketed concerts at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. The organization supports and mentors young composers, musicians and conductors, and elevates new and innovative work by commissioning at least two new pieces each year. It partners with Berkeley Unified School District and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and hosts composers-in-residence and emerging composers, reaching more than 10,000 audience members annually. A renewal grant will provide support for exploring a new artistic leadership model, strengthening global partnerships, and preparation for the organization’s 50th anniversary season in 2020-2021.
About the Grantee
1942 University Avenue, Suite 207, Berkeley, CA, 94704-1073, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
Each year, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra performs a four-concert series at Zellerbach Hall on the U.C. Berkeley campus, highlighting contemporary and less familiar traditional symphonic literature and reaching an audience of almost 6,500 people. With its first new music director in thirty years at the helm and a recently appointed executive director, the orchestra continues to provide innovative programming to the local community, as well as its Music in the Schools program to every Berkeley public elementary school student. Renewed support would enable this financially stable and artistically sound organization to continue to deliver quality orchestral music.