MEET SYMPHORIA

Symphoria is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed in late 2012 as a musician-led cooperative orchestra, one of only two in the United States. This business model is designed to be artistically excellent, administratively lean, and financially resilient. The orchestra presents more than 50 concerts and reaches 100,000 people annually in venues ranging from libraries and health care facilities to public parks, churches, museums, and our home venue, the Crouse-Hinds Theater at the Civic Center.

Symphoria is composed of a diverse group of talented musicians hailing from all across the globe, bringing with them a breadth of musical talent that extends far beyond the Syracuse community.

OUR MISSION

To engage and inspire all community members throughout Central New York with outstanding orchestral and ensemble performances, and innovative education and outreach initiatives

OUR VISION

To contribute to a diverse, vibrant, equitable, and culturally rich community through the power of great music, and in so doing, enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of Central New York.

STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY, EQUALITY & INCLUSION

We believe that understanding, appreciating, and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion serve our community by enhancing the quality of life and economic vitality in Central New York and by providing members of our community with a safe, welcoming, and rewarding place to live, grow and prosper. As a result, we affirm that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central priorities for our members, directors, and stakeholders.

We recognize that we have not done enough in these areas in the past, and we pledge to continuously improve our practices. In particular, we reiterate our commitment to making actionable and measurable changes to augment a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of our organizations by:

  • listening to and learning from our Central New York Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (“BIPOC”) community and other underrepresented communities.
  • examining all policies, practices, systems, programs, and services within Symphoria on regular basis to ensure they reflect the highest standards of equity, inclusion, and diversity.
  • allocating time and resources to achieve diverse, equitable, and inclusive representation within our board, staff, volunteers, orchestra, repertoire, audience, and guest artists.
  • featuring composers and musicians from BIPOC and other underrepresented groups and presenting concerts and educational events to audiences of all traditions and backgrounds, at the highest possible level of performance.
  • creating programs tied to community events and history that are relevant to diverse audiences to bring awareness to and celebrate achievements, traditions, and culture of various groups of our community.
  • developing partnerships with organizations that work with musicians from underrepresented groups and removing barriers for them to work in our field.
  • supporting music education in underserved areas and encouraging broad and inclusive participation in all music programs.
  • creating an actionable plan to achieve these goals, to be evaluated quarterly by the Board of Directors to measure progress in each area.

As an American orchestra in the 21st century, we consider diversity, equity, and inclusion to be drivers of institutional excellence. We strive to create an inclusive organization where all people – musicians, youth orchestra members, staff, board members, volunteers, and audience – feel they truly belong. We recognize that this is ever-evolving work that requires attention, investment, and commitment at all levels of our organization, and we embrace this responsibility.