Camellia Symphony Orchestra


Currently in its 54th consecutive season, the Camellia Symphony Orchestra provides unique, inspiring and dynamic performances, and educational opportunities that integrate new works and established classics.

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Address:1731 Howe Ave. #499
Sacramento, CA 95825
County or Parish:Sacramento
Primary NTEE:Arts,Culture & Humanities 
Sub NTEE:Symphony Orchestras 
Executive Director:Roseanna Torretto
Contact Email:info@camelliasymphony.org
Primary Phone:916-929-6655
Website:http://www.camelliasymphony.org
The Camellia Symphony Orchestra has been performing in the Sacramento region for the past 53 years. It began initially as an outlet for musicians to get together and play for the love of music, it has now grown into a thriving classical arts organization and an important part of Sacramento's arts landscape. In 1962, Dick Surryhne organized a group of musicians who rehearsed and performed "just for the fun of it." Mel Wesleder was the first conductor and Dick served as the first General Manager. Thus began the Potluck Symphony. Now, in its 54th season, the Camellia Symphony Orchestra (CSO) presents four Season Concerts at the Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center as well as Free Family Concerts at various locations throughout Sacramento. Additionally, CSO presents an annual Rising Star Concert and a guest artist recital. The Season Concert Series of four concerts features soloists offering an outstanding musical experience. "We have created a season which we hope Sacramentans will love - it showcases a variety of composers, regional talent, and world class soloists and it inspires both our musicians and our audience" says Christian Baldini, Music Director and Conductor for CSO. The Free Family Concert Series is now in its 11th year and continues to be the backbone of CSO's educational outreach programming. These concerts are always free and available to anyone who wishes to experience live classical music in a family friendly format. The concert programming is carefully selected to balance a solid classical music experience with an educational aspect.
Following two successful years operating in the black and having a current budget surplus, the Camellia Symphony seeks to further strengthen its funding sources in perpetuity by establishing an endowment fund. CSO seeks multi-year funding for its Season Concert Series and Free Family Concert Series. Confirmed multi-year funding (2 to 3 years) would help CSO continue to build stability and venture into new paths with outstanding guest artists and exciting new programming. CSO needs to have a reserve fund to ensure the smooth running of the organization for many of the reasons stated above. A reserve allows for the unexpected. We offer scholarships to students in our education programs. Without a reserve fund, our ability to provide scholarships would be very limited. An Endowment Fund will allow CSO to plan for the future. CSO is the longest continuously-running symphony orchestra in Sacramento and the time has come to strengthen and protect our artistic programs for future generations in our region. An endowment will allow CSO to continue to grow, plan and support its community and musicians.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - The General Fund is used by the Board of Directors and General Manager to cover operating expenses for the orchestra.
  2. Funding: Program - The Artistic Discretionary Fund (ADF) is for the exclusive use of the Music Director for artistic-related expenses such as hiring guest artists, production and venue expenses, music rental fees, and instrument rental.
  3. Funding: Program - The Music Education Fund (MEF) is used to support our youth orchestras, the Free Family Concerts, the Rising Stars Concert series and to help us develop new education and community outreach programs.
  4. Funding: Unrestricted - CSO needs to have a reserve fund to ensure the smooth running of the organization for many of the reasons stated above. A reserve allows for the unexpected.
  5. Volunteers - Pre-concert lobby volunteers assist with activities such as will call and ticket sales. General volunteers are welcome.
'Currently in its 54th consecutive season, the Camellia Symphony Orchestra provides unique, inspiring and dynamic performances and educational opportunities that integrate new works and established classics. We support the live classical music concert experience with our Season Concert Series of four concerts at the Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center. Additionally, we offer an annual Rising Star Concert, a guest artist recital and the Free Family Concert Series. CSO offers reduced ticket prices for its Season Concert Series. Our education programs include Camellia Cadets and Camellia Junior Orchestra, providing beginning and more advanced middle school and high school string students an opportunity to play in a professional concert setting as well as perform in community outreach efforts that fulfill community service requirements for them.'

President/Acting General Manager's Statement