Since its founding in 1961, the SLO Symphony has been an artistic, economic, educational, and community-minded entity in the Central Coast of California. The orchestra’s season includes an annual performance of “Pops” at Avila Beach, a bi-annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert, and occasional chamber opportunities in more intimate venues. In addition, we perform five Classics in the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.


Founded in 1954 (later incorporated in 1961), The mission of the San Luis Obispo Symphony is to support an outstanding community orchestra, to foster symphonic and chamber music education, and to contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of the central coast community.


Music education is about more than just learning to play an instrument. Music helps us better connect to our world, express ourselves creatively, and communicate our emotions.

Our Music Education programs are dedicated to making music more accessible and comprehensive for children throughout the Central Coast. With programs for music students of every level, the San Luis Obispo Symphony makes a lasting impact for thousands of children each year.