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Education Programs

SJS Youth Orchestras

The Mission of the San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestras (SJSYO) is to provide an inspiring orchestral experience for the youth of Durango, Bayfield, Farmington, Pagosa Springs, Cortez and surrounding areas, while further enriching the arts communities of the Four Corners. SJSYO is the only youth symphony organization in the Four Corners area, and its members receive an exceptional educational experience under the guidance of the region’s finest musical performers and educators.

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Family Concerts and Instrument Petting Zoo

The SJS proudly presents an annual Family Concert for children of all ages. As a prelude to the Family Concert, we host an interactive Instrument Petting Zoo, where kids can try out the different instruments of the orchestra in the hopes of inspiring their own creativity and learning. We hope to offer an online Family Concert in 2021 but for now the program is on hold. If you would like to support our future family programming, please contact us today!

Side by Side Concerts

One of the premiere educational opportunities in the Four Corners, the SJS holds an annual Side-by-Side performance where local students join their professional counterparts on a subscription season program. The students audition for a limited number of seats in the orchestra, and those who are selected receive additional coaching from professional conductors and coaches. Recent performances have included Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Smetana’ The Moldau and much more! Plans for a 2021 Side-by-Side are on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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