Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$354,044 raised by 131 donors

100% complete

$30,000 Goal

Unique and inspiring, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera has reclaimed its place as one of the region's leading performing arts organizations.  In the past six years, the SP&O has made tremendous artistic, community, and fiscal strides through a business model that has solidly moved from one of instability to one of stability.

An exciting new addition in leadership is the appointment of Ari Pelto as our Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor. A frequent guest conductor with a special connection and dedication to the Sacramento community, our musicians, and patrons, Ari has been selected as SP&O’s artistic leader through the 2025-2026 Season to shape our artistic profile and provide regularity with the baton. We are lucky to have someone who is currently in demand in opera houses and symphony orchestras across the United States committed to Sacramento arts and culture and our musicians.

Today, the SP&O serves as a vibrant cultural community asset -- one that is shaped by Sacramento, whose offerings are uniquely of Sacramento, and whose vision for the future is designed for Sacramento.  The SP&O continues its stellar concerts, operas, and community engagement programs that bring the passion of classical music to schools, hospitals, shelters, and more.  We look forward to continuing down the path of sustainability in which the last years have laid the foundation.  Together, we can work to expand the boundaries of what a performing arts organization can be and the impact it can have in a growing, thriving community.


The mission of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera is to build community, inspire a love of the performing arts, and enrich lives through music.


Unrestricted funding will cover general operational costs and costs of specific programs.

Restricted funding will fund our community and education programs.

Other funding will help pay for operational and programmatic costs as needed.

The SP&O is seeking board members who are passionate about the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera mission and committed to fundraising, attending performances, and being ambassadors/advocates for the SP&O in the community.

The SP&O is seeking volunteers who can assist the musicians/board/staff in advocating for our mission in the community, assisting with setting up/tearing down for our community concerts, helping with our Link Up culminating concerts, hosting stewardship events for donors, and other tasks as needed!

Equity Statement

The Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera (SP&O) believes diversity, inclusion and equity are integral to

classical music and opera. As a cultural member of the Sacramento Region, creating community centered

classical music and opera experiences means meeting the diverse communities of the region where they are and creating space to welcome all, regardless of race, class, age, gender identity, religion, abilities, or


Our work strives to create a gathering place for these communities to celebrate classical music and opera,

recognizing the significant impact these art forms can have on our community, uplifting spirits by providing

opportunities for solace and healing, understanding, and reconciliation.

The SP&O Board and Staff are committed to taking the steps necessary to ensure our organization

represents the Sacramento Community and is accessible by the whole community. We recognize the work

of acknowledging and removing barriers to our performances and community engagement. This work is a

fluid and living process, and our commitment to this work will manifest through our recognition that at our

core SP&O provides a service that can only be effective when enhanced through active listening,

engagement, and representation of diverse voices and perspectives.

Organization Data


Organization name

Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera

other names


Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget

$1,000,001-$5 million

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Program, Funding: Other, Board Members, Volunteers

Demographics Served

Youth & Children, General population

Local Counties Served


Equity Statement

Equity Statement


1110 2nd St
Sacramento, CA 95814

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US

Rancho Cordova, CA, US

Elk Grove, CA, US

Davis, CA, US

Roseville, CA, US



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