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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Music, Symphony Orchestras

Mission: The mission of The Phoenix Symphony is to evoke a passion for orchestral music within the entire community. The Phoenix Symphony was established in 1947 as a part-time orchestra and has grown to become Arizona’s largest performing arts nonprofit and only full-time professional orchestra. The 75-member orchestra engages the minds and spirits of nearly 325,000 people annually through concerts and presentations, which include approximately 80,000 youth, adults, and families participating in education and engagement programs.

Geographic areas served: Greater Phoenix

Programs: -

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently attended a Symphony concert last week. We are fortunate to have such high caliber of musicians here in Phoenix. I encourage everyone to get downtown to attend an upcoming event. We need to keep the arts going in our city!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been lucky to attend multiple concerts by the Phoenix Symphony this season. In a time when arts organizations are struggling and in a city that does not have a large supportive arts community, it's great to the Phoenix Symphony still putting on excellent performances from Cirque to their latest Sibelius. As a young person I not only love the music, it's also a great night out downtown with wonderful people watching too!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This orchestra is a shell of its former self. Michael Christie is a terrible conductor. He is oblivious to the intonation problems, wrong notes, dynamics, balance etc. He is an embarrassment to our community. Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the nation and we have an orchestra that would rank among high school orchestras in other cities.