Cape Cod Symphony

The History of the Cape Cod Symphony

Founded in 1962, the Cape Cod Symphony performs at the Barnstable Performing Arts center, which seats 1400 people. Each season, a professional ensemble of 75 musicians and talented soloists perform in ten Masterpiece and twelve CapePOPS concerts and a New Year’s Day concert for a total of 26 annual performances. The Cape Cod Symphony performs at outdoor events at various locales during the summer across the Cape.Cape Cod Symphony

In 2010, the Cape Cod Conservatory combined with the Cape Symphony to form the Cape Symphony and Conservatory, offering unparalleled opportunities in the arts for Cape students. The Cape Cod Symphony’s outreach programs reach more than 7,500 elementary, middle and high school students on the Cape and Islands.

Concerts & Events

In addition to its season of concerts, the Cape Cod Symphony also features unique events each year. These events range from meeting the artists to week-long trips visiting other countries.

Each of the 75 gifted players in the ensemble has their own personality and talents, and when they play together, they transform written music into beautiful sound.

These talented, Cape Cod Symphony musicians play a wide range of instruments, from percussion and brass to woodwinds and strings and have made the commitment of practice and time to master their instrument. Many of the players have been with the orchestra for over 25 years.

The concerts held at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center cover everything from holiday and seasonal music to specific music of an era or region of the world. According to the Cape Cod Symphony, each year the ticket sales exceed 25,000 or are sold out for concerts.

Other special events and the Cape Cod Symphony Presents productions offer more cultural events, sponsorships and other special opportunities for the community.


The Cape Cod Symphony provides innovative and interactive educational opportunities for school children across the Cape.

Educational opportunities offered by the Cape Cod Symphony include options such as Master Classes, which provide advanced users even more opportunities to learn and display their craft, to the Composing Kids program that ran from 2002 to 2008 and allowed kids to hear their melodies played by the orchestra.

The Cape Cod Symphony offers field trips and other special programs to engage kids with fine music and open doors for those who are particularly interested in music, including classroom programs that integrate music in to the curriculum and the Youth Advisory Board, which is comprised of accomplished high school students who are looking for careers in the music world.

These students are selected annually for positions on the board by certain high school teachers and work to help shape the Cape Cod Symphony’s education program. They make decisions on current and new programs and activities that could be implemented or improved. Students on the Youth Advisory Board have opportunities to be volunteers at particular Cape Cod Symphony events.


Without the assistance of many individuals, families, businesses, foundations and others, the community programs offered by the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra would not be possible. Concert ticket sales account for 66% of the operating costs for the Cape Cod Symphony, and donations or financial assistance are appreciated and impact what programs the symphony offers each year.

Individuals who want to volunteer can join the guild, which offers opportunities to work and learn in behind-the-scenes environments. Sponsorships and advertising are other options available to those individuals and businesses who wish to support the Cape Cod Symphony.
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