TEN QUICK FACTS
1 THREE ORCHESTRAS
Students aged 4 - 19 play in three-tiered string orchestras: Toccata, Sinfonietta and Vivace.
2 CHAMBER MUSIC
30% of our students are also in chamber music ensembles—trios or quartets—many including piano, and are coached weekly.
3 LOW STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIO
6:1 faculty to student ratio in our orchestras and 3:1 in our chamber music ensembles.
4 VARIED PERFORMANCES
2 student orchestral concerts, 2 student chamber music concerts and the faculty and guest artist benefit concert (The Artistry of Strings) are presented annually.
Biennially, the original work for string orchestra, Story-Telling with Strings Attached is presented. Students write a story, compose music and illustrate the story, creating an original multimedia work.
6 EXTENDED REACH
26 different area schools are represented across an average annual enrollment of 70 students.
7 TOP TIER TRAINING
Graduates have moved on from Santa Barbara Strings to further their musical studies at Juilliard and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
8 ACTIVE IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
Yearly performances at the Gracie Fisher Foundation Benefit Concert, the Poetry Out Loud county-wide student poetry competition. Throughout the year they can be found playing at retirement homes, local elementary schools, and the Santa Barbara Farmer's Market.
9 STRONG GUIDANCE
Our Artistic Advisory Board includes Pulitzer Prize winners, Tchaikovsky Competition winners, and MacArthur Genius Award winners, in addition to phenomenal teaching-artists.
10 FOUNDED IN 2010
Santa Barbara Strings is celebrating its 12 year anniversary!