Our Symphony in the Schools (SITS) program brings musicians from the Symphony and an interactive curriculum to third-grade students in participating schools in Sarasota County. This year, The Symphony is working with 20 schools, homeschool groups and for the first time, with students in special needs classrooms. The Venice Symphony is one of only three groups in Florida to participate in the Carnegie Hall – Weill Music Institute’s prestigious “Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks” education program. For the grand finale of SITS, every third-grader who participated in the program, dresses up and gets on a bus to The Venice Performing Arts Center for a concert by The Symphony. Symphony in the Schools is funded by The Venice Symphony, grants, gifts, and fundraising events, and is provided at no cost to Sarasota County or the students.
Symphony in the Schools is generously sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Designing Women Boutique, the Edmund and Elizabeth Campbell Foundation, the Plantation Community Foundation, Symphony of Games and Jazz with Pizzazz fundraisers and individual donors to The Venice Symphony.