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Mission Statement

The mission of the Minnesota Sinfonia is to serve the musical and educational needs of the citizens of Minnesota, with primary emphasis given to families with young children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited incomes.


Founded in 1989, the Minnesota Sinfonia is a unique organization with unique philosophy. It is the only professional orchestra in the region to welcome children to every concert, to perform in accessible locations year-round and to offer all programs free of admission charges. To our knowledge, the Sinfonia is the only professional orchestra in the country with these policies.

Education, along with top notch concerts, is a core component of the Sinfonia’s mission and programming, and nearly one-third of the orchestra’s budget and over half its performances are dedicated to educational programs. In its first year, the Sinfonia created Music in the Schools (MIS), a curriculum-based K-6 program that uses music to help teach children required academics. Beginning with just two schools, MIS now serves 20-22 Minneapolis and St. Paul inner-city public schools and reaches over 10,000 children annually. To date, over 180,000 students have participated in MIS. Music in the Schools is given without charge to the districts and students of Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools, and is supported entirely by individual contributions, corporate, foundation and government grants.

Quality, accessibility and education are the pillars of the Minnesota Sinfonia’s philosophy. Over the past 23 years, the orchestra has performed more than 1,500 concerts for approximately 475,000 audience members--many who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live, classical music. The Sinfonia currently averages between 70 and 80 free admission concerts every year.

The Sinfonia is a leader in music and music education, and also has programs for the community. The North Side Music and Arts Festival incorporates the children of North Minneapolis in a yearly production of "classics" like Peter and the Wolf, Cinderella and more. The children, with North Minneapolis artisans and teachers, are responsible for performing a play alongside the musicians of the Sinfonia. They create the costumes and scenery, learn the narratives and dance their parts in what has become a yearly extravagant production.

The Sinfonia also tours to outstate Minnesota. Last summer the orchestra performed for nine communities that would otherwise have no access to a performance like the Sinfonia's.

Along with all of our programs, our youth outreach programs are some of our absolute favorites. They include a Young Artist Competition for string players under the age of 21, with the winners of the junior and senior divisions performing concertos with the Sinfonia in concerts. The senior winner also receives the Claire Givens Violins cash prize of $500. We also partner with Junior Composers to have the winner of their competition receive a performance of their winning composition at a Sinfonia concert in July. Also on that same concert, the Sinfonia enjoys partnering with 22 student musicians, who join the Sinfonia in a week of living the dream. They rehearse and perform alongside the Sinfonia in a performance of one of the "large" works for orchestra. This coming summer that work will be Tchaikowsky's Fifth Symphony.

The Minnesota Sinfonia is truly a unique community asset, one which you will be proud to be a part of.


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