Our music docent program was established in 1996 and serves schools throughout San Diego County. Here Classics 4 Kids conductor Dana Mambourg-Zimbric takes docents through an up-coming concert program.
During the most recent concert season our docents visited 134 schools to prepare 12,522 students for San Diego Symphony and Classics 4 Kids concerts. While visiting they distributed 400 concert-preview CDs and 60 music-related books for classroom use.
In years during which more school-system funding has been available for class outings, AFCM docents have prepped as many as 14,000 students.
In addition, we award up to $1000 and offer performance opportunities to the winners of the San Diego Symphony's Young Artists Competition.
The San Diego Symphony celebrated its first season in 1910-1911 and has enjoyed strong public support throughout most of its history. But the lights went out in Symphony Hall in 1996 and the Symphony League was disbanded at the same time. Since there remained a need to further the community's appreciation of music, a group that included many former League Board-members established Advocates for Classical Music (AFCM), a non-profit corporation consisting entirely of volunteers.
During the years of Symphony reorganization, AFCM supported Sweetwater Union High School District Honors Orchestra performances and developed a music-docent program to increase children's enjoyment of those concerts.
When the Symphony reopened its doors, AFCM expanded its docent program to include children attending the orchestra's Young People's Concerts. In addition, AFCM members provided financial assistance to the Symphony and were the first to "Partner with a Player."
AFCM no longer participates in that program, but continues to contribute funds to various organizations devoted to classical-music appreciation. These include the San Diego Youth Symphony, the San Diego Unified School District's Educational Fund for Honors Concerts, the Sweetwater Unified High School District's Honors Concert, and Classics for Kids.
Funding is also available for tickets and busing to youth-oriented concerts when students might otherwise be unable to attend.