SESLOC Spotlight highlights local organizations that make the Central Coast the best place to live.
The San Luis Obispo Symphony has brought the arts to our community and supported youth education for 66 years. Responding to the unique challenges of COVID, the Symphony is adapting its upcoming season to a virtual and drive-in format. Anna James Miller, Executive Director, explains what makes the local symphony so unique:
Serving the Central Coast since: 1954
How many employees? 4 full-time, 2 part-time, 60+ musicians
How many volunteers? Around 20, and hoping to grow our volunteer program in a big way!
What’s your mission? SLO Symphony connects our community and transforms lives through symphonic and chamber music.
What’s unique about the SLO Symphony? The orchestra includes musicians from all over the county — some are even siblings! Multiple generations from the same family have participated in our youth symphony program and SLO Symphony orchestra.
What do you attribute to your success? The musicians and the passion they bring to their performances are the lifeblood of SLO Symphony. Maestro Andrew Sewell’s artistry in programming and conducting has taken the music to new heights over the last few seasons.
What advice would you give someone interested in supporting your mission? The performing arts are in critical danger with COVID-related shut downs prohibiting live concerts or even gathering to do a recording session as a group. Because of these drastic revenue losses, SLO Symphony is in danger of closing its doors. The Symphony’s music can only survive with generous support from the community during this difficult time. Please visit slosymphony.org to support with a gift in any amount.