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Symphony-to-Go: Bringing the Music to You

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra gratefully recognizes grant support from The Georgina Joshi Foundation through the Symphony-to-Go Program.

For more information visit: www.thegeorginajoshifoundation.org

Want to experience classical music and connect with accomplished professional musicians?  The South Bend Symphony Orchestra takes the music out of the concert hall and into the regional communities.  The SBSO has three small ensembles that are available to provide entertaining, engaging, and educational programs, free of charge for non-profit organizations.  From schools to retirement communities, from libraries to civic organizations, our musicians will perform one of their customized programs program just for you!

Each Symphony-to- Go performance will take place during the days before the weekend of an SBSO concert.  Some dates may become unavailable if there are changes to the rehearsal schedule later in the season.

Please note: Performances are booked based on availability.  All requests must be made no later than 50 days prior to the requested date.  Please send the completed Symphony-to-Go Registration Form to Christina Gibson

For a complete and up-to-date listing of available dates, please contact Christina Gibson, Director of Education cgibson@southbendsymphony.org or 574-232-6343.


What is the Symphony-to-Go Program?

The Symphony-to-Go Program brings the music to you!  The program offers three different small ensembles that perform around the Michiana area.  Symphony-to- Go ensembles are also able to provide workshops and masterclasses for area music programs.

Each group has several different programs they use depending on the age of each audience or the location of the performance.  Our Symphony-to- Go ensembles are always glad to answer questions from the audience. When performing for younger audiences the ensembles introduce each instrument and talk about the music.

  • String Quintet:  Two violins, viola, cello, and bass
  • Wind Quintet:  Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and F horn
  • Brass Trio: Trumpet, F horn, tuba

Where do the Symphony-to-Go ensembles perform?

Symphony-to-Go ensembles perform for various groups in the Michiana area such as: schools, early childhood programs, civic organizations, senior living facilities, libraries, and other non-profit organizations.

How do I reserve a Symphony-to-Go Performance?

To reserve a performance or workshop, please download the registration form from our website and mail or email it to the Director of Education (cgibson@southbendsymphony.org).  If you are unable to access the form, please send the following information to the Director of Education:

  1. Date and time of the performance
  2. The name of the organization
  3. The location where the ensemble will be performing
  4. Name and contact information
  5. A brief description of the audience (early childhood, adults, seniors)

* All requests must be submitted no later than 50 days prior to the performance or workshop.

What if I want to reserve an ensemble for a date that is not listed?

The Symphony-to-Go performances traditionally take place during the days before the weekend of an SBSO concert.  However, there are occasional dates that become available throughout the season.  If you are interested in another date, other than those listed, please contact Christina Gibson, Director of Education  cgibson@southbendsymphony.org or 574-232-6343.

How should my organization prepare for a Symphony-to-Go ensemble?

Organizations hosting a Symphony-to-Go ensemble will need to provide:

  • Chairs, without arms, for each member of the ensemble
  • Enough light to read music
  • A microphone, if the audience requires one
  • The musicians will bring their own music stands. 

Each Symphony-to- Go performance will take place during the days before the weekend of an SBSO concert and would like to encourage concert attendance!  In order to provide our community with entertainment at no cost, we would like to continue to reach out to a larger audience.  You can assist us by promoting the upcoming South Bend Symphony Orchestra concert.  We would be happy to provide you with promotional materials. 

For senior and adult audience members, we would like to ask for contact information so we can provide them with information about upcoming South Bend Symphony Orchestra concerts and events.

In order to provide the Symphony-to-Go program available to the community, all venues will be required to provide an accurate attendance record for the performance.  This information will be used for grant writing and funding purposes.

For additional information, please contact: 
Christina Gibson, Director of Education
Phone: 574-232-6343
Email: cgibson@southbendsymphony.org



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