The Seattle Symphony Orchestra (SSO) provides symphonic concerts and comprehensive Education and Community Programs for more than 315,000 people each year.
The Seattle Symphony concluded its search for a new Music Director with the selection of Ludovic Morlot, who will take over for the 2011-12 season. The selection seeks to capitalize on the 26-year tenure of Music Director Gerard Schwarz and the achievements that have led to Seattle Symphony’s national recognition, while evolving with Morlot’s new style. Seattle Symphony has also concluded its search for a new Executive Director and named Simon Woods of the Royal National Scottish Orchestra to the post in November 2010. Transitional duties began immediately and Mr. Woods assumed full-time leadership beginning May 4, 2011. The transition in leaders will shape the artistic direction of the symphony.
Accessibility and Cultural Competency
Many of the Symphony’s Education and Community Programs are offered free of charge through SSO’s award-winning project called ACCESS (Artistic and Cultural Community Engagement with Seattle Symphony), which encourages accessibility to diverse, underserved and low-income populations. This program works in partnership with Seattle Public Schools (and other districts), the City of Seattle and the NEA.
SSO’s new student-assessment tool, “My Musical Friends and Me,” was adopted by Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction for a second year. Keyed to State education standards, this Classroom-Based Performance Assessment was developed by SSO in collaboration with the UW and Seattle Public Schools to measure the educational impacts on thousands of students participating in their education programs.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
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$40,000.00||support general operating expenses. |
$50,000.00||support general operating expenses.|
$40,000.00||support general operating expenses.|