We are the 88 musicians of the Pacific Symphony. It is our great privilege to perform for you throughout the year at the Segerstrom Concert Hall and beyond. You also know us from our Class Act elementary school programs, our summer festival at Irvine Meadows, and our Symphony in the Cities concerts in community parks. You have heard our concerts broadcast on KUSC radio. We are your children’s music teachers and your next door neighbors. We are 88 musicians from around the globe who have come together in Orange County to play great classical music for you.
The Pacific Symphony is one of America’s newest orchestras, and one of its fastest growing. In just 38 years we have expanded from playing a few concerts each year in Cal State Fullerton’s Plummer Auditorium or the Good Time Theatre at Knott’s Berry Farm, to playing over 100 performances enjoyed by more than 300,000 people each season, in the beautiful Segerstrom Concert Hall and many other venues around Orange County. We play the great classical masterworks, like Beethoven symphonies and Puccini operas, and perform with iconic musicians such as Itzhak Perlman and John Williams; we collaborate with the great popular artists of our time, like Bernadette Peters and Chris Botti; we play family-friendly concerts on Saturday mornings and programs specially designed to introduce elementary school students to the wonders of the world of music. The Pacific Symphony’s education programs are some of the most innovative and highly praised in the United States.
Our members hail from across the United States and around the globe and have trained at the world’s greatest universities and music conservatories. We have spent our whole lives honing our musical skills, beginning weekly music lessons and daily practice in early childhood. We grew up playing in school orchestras, youth symphonies, and summer music festivals. We hold advanced degrees and certificates in music performance and music education, often several of each. It is no exaggeration to say that a musician who wins a position in the Pacific Symphony brings thousands of hours of practice and training to the orchestra’s collective experience.
Pacific Symphony musicians are dedicated to performing great music and also to sharing our love of music with the next generation, through private lessons as well as teaching in schools from elementary to university. We know the importance of music education and work actively to support school music programs and youth orchestras throughout Orange County.
Pacific Symphony musicians win positions in the orchestra through a very rigorous blind audition process. While some of us are California natives, many of us have relocated to Southern California just to play in the orchestra. We’ve chosen to make our lives and raise our families in this area because we love playing in the Pacific Symphony and we love the quality of life Orange County offers. Our members are deeply invested in their communities, not only as musicians and teachers, but as school parents, sports coaches, community activists, and neighbors.
We are pleased that you’ve come to our website to learn more about us. We look forward to sharing our stories and photos and to answering your questions about music, musicians and orchestra life. We hope you enjoy getting to know us, and that you will click through to the Pacific Symphony site to find information about our performances and buy tickets. Most of all, we look forward to seeing you at our next concert!