The Minnesota Sinfonia is the only professional orchestra in the state to offer all of its performances free of admission charges, welcoming children to all performances, and allocating over 50% of its performances to children and their education. According to independent audits and reviews, the Sinfonia allocates over 80% of expenditures to the artistic product. And the quality is superb! Regularly performing to packed houses, often filled with children, the audience makeup is one of the most diverse of any in the classic music field. Anonymous surveys show that approximately 40% of respondents have household incomes below $35,000, and rarely attend other classical music concerts. The orchestra's Music in the Schools works, which is a curriculum based program that relates music content to required academics (and all based on state academic standards) is taken to 18-20 inner-city public schools and over 10,000 children every year - all at no cost to the students or the schools. The Sinfonia raises the money, and then gives this program without charge as part of its commitment to the community and its children.
Working with the Sinfonia is one of my greatest joys. The players are terrific, and many are amongst my closest friends. What a gift to be able to work with such amazing talents. And, to see and hear the reactions of the children to our Music in the Schools program is phenomenal. It is such a thrill to see them clap and ooh and ah when we play music by Tchaikowsky, Beethoven, Mozart and countless other great composers. It gives me hope for the future! Jay Fishman, conductor
The Minnesota Sinfonia is a great Professional Orchestra that plays traditional, challenging, and often unique works of music - free to the public for families and children to enjoy and appreciate. These free concerts will often have great soloists accompanying the orchestra for an added benefit of sharing a chance for the public to hear these great artists. There is also fantastic programs for the advancement of music education with 'Music in the Schools' and 'Young Artist Competitions' as well as sponsorships for creating new works of music. The Sinfonia was able to work through the hard economic times, showing its strength and commitment to the arts, and is now growing and expanding programs and services, continuing the focus of free to the public, and including the children actively in the programs. The Sinfonia is unique and a wonderful asset to Minnesota. It has been a pleasure working with them closely the past 7 years.