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Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Monterey Symphony


To engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Big Idea

During the upcoming season, the Monterey Symphony will present OVATION: eight Monday morning youth concerts, tailored to students in grades 3 through 8, aligned with curriculum standards for exposure to the arts. The nonprofit reaches 10,000 students this way, and for younger preschool age kids, their MY Museum concerts create a gateway to classical music. The youth concerts are the culminating activity of a three-part program that also includes curriculum development materials and in-class visits and demonstrations. There is music, but also class demonstrations on concert etiquette and lessons on instrument identification.

Early exposure to the arts is significant and important for students, especially since the majority of our students would not be attending arts events of such a caliber without our assistance. But now I’m also thinking about sending specific groups of high school and/or middle school musicians. Thank you so very much for introducing our students to this world!

- Jacqui Hope, visual and performing arts coordinator for Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

We’re In This Together.

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.