Santa Rosa Symphony receives support for "It's Elementary" program
Santa Rosa Symphony has received generous support from Willow Creek Wealth Management for the Symphony's "It's Elementary" program, which provides vital access to free music education to Sonoma County elementary schools, some of which have been federally-designated as underserved. In addition, the Sebastopol-based financial planning and investment firm and long-time supporter of the Symphony, has funded free tickets for It's Elementary school students and their families to attend the Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concerts "Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery" on January 27 and "The Composer is Dead" on April 7 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center.
"We believe strongly that the combination of education and music provides immense value to young students through enhanced focus, engagement, creativity, and discipline that will permeate through their entire lives," said Timothy Admire, a partner at Willow Creek Wealth Management in Sebastopol. "Based on this belief, we are extremely excited to expand the benefit of music education within our community by supporting the Santa Rosa Symphony’s It’s Elementary program, offering more students and families complimentary access to high-caliber performances at Weill Hall."
The Symphony's It's Elementary program, which serves six Sonoma County elementary schools at a time for a two-year term, includes the following features:
- Elementary School Listening Program which provides classical music CDs of five-minute selections for playing over the school's PA and for in-classroom listening
- Four in-school Santa Rosa Symphony ensemble performances, introducing students to orchestral instruments by section (string, woodwind, brass and percussion)
- One in-school performance by a SRS Youth Orchestra
- Youth Discovery Cards – each student at participating schools receives a season pass for SRS Dress Rehearsals at Weill Hall, Green Music Center
- One Free SRS concert at Weill Hall as a field trip during school hours
- Free recorders and curriculum for students to play with the orchestra from their seats at the Green Music Center
- Curriculum support and professional development for teachers and participating schools, which include lesson plans and after-school workshops
"The Symphony relies heavily on community support, including generous corporate donations like this, to keep the Symphony's music education programs available to Sonoma County elementary students. We are very grateful to Willow Creek Wealth Management for its support, not just of 'It's Elementary,' but also of the Family Series, making these Family concerts available to more families," said Santa Rosa Symphony President and CEO Alan Silow.