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Our Education Department is up to something amazing:

Our Education Department at the San Diego Symphony Orchestra is up to something amazing:

We are proud to announce our first sensory-friendly concerts! These performances will provide children on the autism spectrum a comfortable and friendly environment in which to enjoy the Symphony! Children are given the freedom to move, dance, clap or otherwise express themselves along with their parents. There will be flexible seating options as well as comfortable concert lighting and volume to accommodate visual and auditory sensitivities. Also, these performances will take place in smaller venue spaces to encourage close interaction with the music.

These are performances developed in collaboration with a music therapist specifically for children on the autism spectrum. Our community partners in the presentation of these programs are K.I.D.S Therapy Associates, Inc. and The Music Therapy Center of California.


Last week, Musicians and Staff of the San Diego Symphony were invited by The Music Therapy Center of California to learn about the complexities of autism spectrum disorders, led by Center-Director Julie Guy. From the MTCC website, “Music therapy is a well-established, research-driven profession in which a credentialed music therapist utilizes music strategies and exercises within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy is an allied health service much like physical, occupational, or speech therapy, using music as the medium to attain the goals.” Click here to read more about The Music Therapy Center of California here.

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to our community is broad, and with the introduction of Sensory-Friendly concerts, we open up an entirely new horizon of comprehensive musical outreach in San Diego County. Please click here to view more information about the upcoming concerts on February 15 and 18. If you are personally touched by autism, we invite you to attend either of these unique performances!

Sensory-Friendly Concerts:

Wednesday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Museum of Making Music located at 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, 92008

Your Guide to the upcoming Sensory Friendly Concert at MOMM! 

Saturday, February 18 at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m.
Ballard Parent Center located at 2375 Congress St., San Diego, 92110


Seating will be limited to 15 families for each performance. Please email Adrienne Valencia, Director of Youth Education, at avalencia@sandiegosymphony.org to reserve seats.

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