Your support today helps the Erie Philharmonic bring life-changing musical experiences to thousands of children and families in need from across the region, whether it be through free performances, piano donations, pre-school residencies, instrumental petting zoos, free educational concerts or groundbreaking virtual reality experiences. Your donation makes an immediate and powerful impact.
The Erie Philharmonic is one of the oldest professional ensembles in the country, established in 1913, and is consistently recognized on a national level as one of the top orchestras in its budget size. With a season that features five symphonic concerts, eight pops concerts, numerous summer programs, in-school outreach programs, four free Youth Concerts and more, the orchestra reaches upwards of 40,000 people across the region annually.
The mission of the orchestra is to strengthen our community and region by providing high quality live orchestra concerts and programs that enrich, entertain and educate people of all ages. Starting in the 2015-16 season, following an entire staff turnover, the orchestra made a conscious decision to focus all activities on these three central tenants. Over the subsequent four seasons, this focused, mission-driven approach has led the orchestra to become an unrivaled presence in the community, presenting life-changing musical experiences for audiences of all ages, including:
- Pianos donated to more than 40 individuals in need
- Three 60-day long-term residencies for local underserved preschools, supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
- Free Youth Concerts presented for thousands of students accompanied by a detailed, standards-driven curriculum
- Instrumental petting zoos and in-school presentations from Grammy-winning artists
Additionally, the orchestra has recently completed a groundbreaking virtual reality orchestra project and has been recognized on a national level by Good Morning America, the Huffington Post, Forbes and NEA Arts.