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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 a 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.
Education, along with top notch concerts, is a core component of the Sinfonia’s mission and programming. Our Music in the Schools program uses music as a catalyst to excite kids in K-6 public schools about learning core subjects. We serve 20 Minneapolis and St. Paul inner-city public schools each year, reaching an estimated 12,000 children. This program is supported entirely by individual contributions, corporate, foundation and government grants.
Quality, accessibility and education are the pillars of the Sinfonia’s philosophy with at least 60 free-admission concerts performed every year. The Sinfonia also tours to outstate Minnesota communities.
In addition, youth outreach programs include a Young Artist String Competition with the winners performing with the Sinfonia in concert. We sponsor a Junior Composer Competition with the winning composition being performed in a July Sinfonia concert where up to 40 student musicians also perform as part of our Youth Outreach Week.
The Minnesota Sinfonia is truly a unique community asset!