Bridges to Music is Peninsula Symphony’s education and outreach program, touching the lives of thousands of people each year by bringing the joy and magic of live music into schools, libraries, senior facilities, public and private events and more.
Whether it’s a fun and interactive assembly at a local elementary school, a free concert in the park for hundreds of patrons, the chance to be coached by a rising superstar instrumentalist, or the chance to go “behind the scenes” as Maestro Klein and our players create orchestral magic, we want to make music available to the community however and whenever we can.
Every teacher and school administrator wants to offer their students exciting, interactive and educational assemblies by fun and engaging professionals that are education-minded and connect ideas with current curriculum.
Students throughout the Bay Area can experience live, in-school music presentations as PSO brings professional artists and ensembles into elementary schools. And thanks to the generosity of our program sponsors, these assemblies are always free of charge.
Fourth grade student from East Palo Alto
Horn quartet QUADRE entertains students at a Redwood City school in 2015.
This year Peninsula Symphony is excited to expand its partnership with Quinteto Latino!
Quinteto Latino is a San Francisco based wind quintet that specializes in classical music by Latino composers through performance and advocacy, aiming to expand the boundaries of a classical music tradition commonly perceived as predominantly Euro-American. Through varied and innovative work in venues both traditional and non-traditional, they strive to make that music available, relevant, and inspiring to audiences across cultural, class, and ethnic lines. Their teaching artists work to create educational programs which are fun, interactive, and appropriately tailored for age groups from K-8 and for English Language Learners.
Founded in 2012, the trio presented its first show, Tribal Beginnings in Mountain View, CA exploring all the various combinations possible on the flute, horn, piano and percussion while crafting an out-of-the-box experience for their audience. Their subsequent shows, Shall we Dance?, On the Fly – Live Musical Improv, and Storybook Mosaics have seen them collaborate with dancers, filmmakers, and even a professional pinball player. They believe anything can be musical and artistic. And that anything is possible. Chin-Fei Chan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She performs actively on both the flute and the piano as a soloist, chamber musician and piano accompanist within the U.S. and Asia. Percussionist James Kassis has worked as a freelance musician and teacher in the Bay Area since 1987. Horn Player and composer Daniel Wood has performed over 1000 concerts and recorded 4 albums with his horn quartet, Quadre, since 1998.
Each year Peninsula Symphony presents two FREE concerts for children and adults.
In the spring is our Family Concert held in the San Mateo area – this concert features interactive pieces designed to introduce children to the magic of live orchestral music, as well as a performance by the winner of our Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition and a chance for children to meet the musicians and get up close and personal with their instruments. Visit the Family Concert page HERE for more information on reserving your family’s tickets – tickets are in high demand for this event, so reserve yours today.
Each summer Peninsula Symphony presents our Summer Concert, outdoors at Hillview Park in downtown Los Altos. Featuring great performances of popular songs and classical favorites, each year this concert draws hundreds of families enjoying a picnic on the lawn and music under the summer evening sky. This concert also features a performance by the winner of our Young Musicians Competition.
We coordinate with local schools to give children the opportunity to witness our dress rehearsals and interact with our musicians. It’s a wonderful experience with for all involved!
The next PSOpen event will be announced soon. Call or email our office to make a reservation – 650.941.5291 /
Each year Peninsula Symphony sponsors two competitions to foster excellence in young musicians. These competitions allow students to receive valuable feedback from professional musicians and gives them a chance to win cash prizes and the opportunity to perform for Peninsula Symphony audiences. For more information about our competitions, click HERE.
Students who play an orchestral instrument have the chance to participate in our Young Musicians’ Competition held each spring. Winners receive cash prizes, and the 1st Place winner performs with the Peninsula Symphony at their June outdoor concert.
For over a decade the legacy of Marilyn Mindell has lived on in this competition. Marilyn was a tireless and passionate advocate for music education in San Mateo County and was a supporter of PSO for many years. For more information about this competition, click HERE.
The Competition features both junior and senior divisions – in addition to cash prizes, the winner of the senior division performs a concerto movement with the Peninsula Symphony on our April concert, and winners of the junior division perform their solo selections in a recital format prior to the April concert.