Music in the Community

As a part of our mission, California Symphony seeks to enhance the lives of those it servers in Contra Costa County and the San Francisco Bay Area by providing education and outreach programs for children and adults. Furthermore, as a part of our growth, we aim to continue to break down pre-conceived barriers to arts access. In just one year, California Symphony’s engagement in the community has increased our individual reach to nearly 4,000 people over the previous year. That’s an increase of 37%, meaning we are finding more ways to engage our audiences and potential audiences while encouraging lifelong learning.

...I do not want art for a few; any more than education for a few; or freedom for a few... 
― William Morris, 19th Century English Poet


How we are making it happen:

Checkmark July 14- August 4 – 11:00AM

Walnut Creek Library - Oak View Room

Fresh Look: The Symphony Exposed

NEW Adult Education Classes at Walnut Creek Library


  •  What does the conductor do besides wave the baton?
  • What is a clarinetist and where do they sit in the orchestra?
  • Why do the violins sit half on the left and half on the right? (Except when they don't..?) 


Instructor Scott Fogelsong answers these questions and more in Fresh Look: The Symphony Exposed, a fun and stimulating journey through classical music. Offered in English and with live Spanish translation, this introductory course will unlock mysteries and insider secrets to enhance your enjoyment of all kinds of orchestra music.


$25 Registration Fee. 

REGISTRATION CLOSED.  New classes coming Summer 2019.

This program is supported by a generous grant from the American Orchestras' Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. 

Hosted by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.

August 1 and October 3 – 5:30PM

Walnut Creek First Wednesdays

Come say "Hi!" California Symphony will join the fun and popular downtown event on Locust Street hosted by the Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association. We're planning fun games and handing out prizes.

Free to all. No Registration.

Checkmark October 13 – 9:00AM

Walnut Creek Community Service Day

For the third year in a row, California Symphony is participating in Walnut Community Service Day joining more than 50 other local businesses and non-profits providing residents an opportunity to give back. Register to volunteer with California Symphony to build cardboard violins and cellos for students of our nationally recognized music education program. You can use your craftiness by using pre-cut templates to build the basic body of the instrument and put together kits for beginning string students.

Registration Opens August 6.

November 5 – 6:30PM

Martinez Library Storytime




November 15 – 4:00PM

Walnut Creek Library Storytime



It's storytime. California Symphony is bringing the joy of imagery, creativity, and music to the Martinez Library with an interpretive reading of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.

No Registration needed.


To learn more about our community programs, contact Sunshine Deffner, Operations & Education Director at 925-280-2490.