The Daytona Beach Symphony Society Reaches the Community in Many Different Ways. The Symphony Society offers more than a night of beautiful music. We support an array of community outreach programs. . . from giving over 8,000 local students an introduction to classical music each year . . . to offering families, seniors and persons with special needs reduced prices to experience the power of 100 world-class musicians playing their hearts out on stage. We also encourage our young “rising stars” with recital opportunities and scholarships.
Many statistics show the importance of the arts in student success. Here is a sample of these indicators:
- According to the National Education Longitudinal Study, music and arts students receive more academic honors and awards than non-music and arts students.
- The arts help close the achievement gap. Research described in Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development finds learning in the arts may be uniquely able to increase learning and achievement for young children, students from economically disadvantaged circumstances, and students needing remedial instruction.
- Students taking courses in music appreciation score higher on the SAT than students with no exposure to the arts. They score 61 points higher on the verbal and 42 points higher on the math.
- Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas, in his studies, found music majors comprise the highest percentage of accepted medical students – a huge 66%.
Community programs include:
YES! (Youth Experiencing Symphony):
Targets at-risk students 6-18 years old, enrolled in Volusia County Title I schools and reaches over 3,000 students each year. A Title I school has at least 40% of its students at or below the national poverty level. The students experience 7-8 live performances each year. Immediately after the concert, opera or dance, students attend a personal question-and-answer period with the performers and have the opportunity to get autographs and personal encouragement. Teachers are supplied materials to prepare the students prior to the performance. In addition to providing complimentary tickets, the Symphony Society pays for bus transportation, school coordinators, and refreshments during intermission.
Talks on Music:
A free pre-concert lecture series, are given by the evening’s conductor or local music expert before the performance. Over 1,000 adults and college students enjoy these talks each season.
The Symphony Guild of Daytona Beach:
With over 325 members, offers six meetings each year with musical entertainment and talks.
Music for Music/Arts Educators:
All music/arts educators in Volusia County are offered two free tickets to each concert in recognition of their leadership in the humanities.
Music for Volusia Educators:
All employees of Volusia County Schools receive a 50% discount.
Adults attending with children receive a 50% discount on adult tickets and pay $10 for their children.
Discount Student Tickets:
Area students can attend any concert for only $10.
All military personnel can receive a 20% discount on adult tickets with a military I.D.
Group discounts are offered for 10-19 tickets receiving a 15% discount and 20+ tickets receiving a 25% discount.
Discounted Transportation Service:
Transportation to and from each concert, door-to-door, is provided by a local car service offering a significant discount in the fare.
WUCF (Central Florida) PBS. Artisodes segment on the YES! (Youth Experiencing Symphony) Program.
Premiered April 2nd, 2015
PBS Station WUCF’s American Graduate Day feature on the YES! Program.
Premiered October 3, 2015.