The mission of Berkeley Symphony is to perform symphonic music that engages the intellect, sparks the curiosity, and delights the spirit of our unique community. Recognized nationally for its spirited programming, Berkeley Symphony has established a reputation for presenting major new works for orchestra alongside fresh interpretations of the classical European repertoire. It has been honored with an Adventurous Programming Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in nine of the past eleven seasons.
Under the baton of Music Director Joana Carneiro. the Orchestra performs four main-stage concerts a year in Zellerbach Hall, and supports local composers through its Under Construction New Music Series/Composers Program, in partnership with EarShot. A national leader in music education, the Orchestra partners with the Berkeley Unified School District to produce the award-winning Music in the Schools program, providing comprehensive, age-appropriate music curricula to more than 4,200 local elementary students each year. In association with the Piedmont Center for the Arts, Berkeley Symphony presents a chamber music series at the Center called Berkeley Symphony & Friends.