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AFCM encourages young musicians and builds future audiences for classical music in San Diego through support of music education and appreciation.

Our more than 30 trained docents prep classes before they attend San Diego Symphony or Classics 4 Kids concerts. They play recorded previews and provide basic information about composers, instruments and musical elements such as melody, rhythm and timbre. Conductors tell us students appreciate and enjoy concerts more if they've had a docent visit beforehand.

Kids Waiting to Enter Copley Symphony Hall

These new classical fans from Vivian Banks Charter School in Pala are waiting to enter Copley Symphony Hall. We know we've done our job when children are excited before the concert.

We also award young competition winners. Here saxophonist Yenny Zhang and violinist Annelle Gregory, winners of the 2013 San Diego Symphony Concerto Competition, receive $1000 each from AFCM Board President Ron Bierman. Conductor Ken-David Masur applauds their achievement. (Photo by Ling Zhu.)

The Association of California Symphony Orchestras has awarded our organization a "Most Valuable Player" certificate. Take a look here.

Every year we introduce many thousands of youngsters to the pleasures and excitement of classical music--thanks to the support of over 150 members. For more information on our organization or how you can help, click on a link to the left above.