About Us

The Phoenix Symphony is Arizona's largest performing arts organization. Founded in 1947 as a part-time orchestra in a city of fewer than 100,000 people, The Symphony has grown to become Arizona's only full-time symphony orchestra. 

The mission of The Phoenix Symphony is to provide the joy of music as a catalyst in helping Arizona to become the best place in America to work and live. We accomplish this mission by creating high quality music experiences to feed the souls of our residents, to bolster the cultural economy and to educate and strengthen our next generation resulting in a creative workforce.

Each season, The Phoenix Symphony offers awe-inspiring Classics and Pops concerts and one-of-a-kind Specials in downtown Phoenix and throughout central Arizona. The Symphony also offers a number of unique fundraising events such as Parties of Note, the Savor the Symphony Women's Luncheon and our New Year's Eve Gala. 

The Symphony's Education and Community Engagement programs reach over 125,000 individuals each year. Our programs ensure that any individual - regardless of means or background - is given equal opportunity to develop skills and grow through imaginative, high quality musical experiences. For many, this is their first  exposure to orchestral music. From offering Symphony Hall field trips to school-based concerts, The Symphony also offers a cross-cultural music residency with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and a partnership with Arizona State Preparatory Academy, a three-year STE[+a]M professional development model to train teachers and Symphony musicians in how to teach and assess STEM concepts through music. The Symphony's B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project continues to move the needle on innovative community outreach through the healing power of music with live, interactive performances presented by Symphony musicians in healthcare settings and homeless outreach centers. Program delivery is purely service oriented where making life better for those most in need is the one and only objective.

For more information call 602-495-1999.

Music Directors of The Phoenix Symphony:

John Barnett: 1947 - 1948

Robert Lawrence: 1949 - 1951

Leslie Hodge: 1952 - 1958

Guy Taylor: 1959 - 1968

Philip Spurgeon: 1969 - 1971

Eduardo Mata: 1972 - 1978

Theo Alcantara: 1978 - 1988

James Sedares: 1989 - 1995

Hermann Michael: 1997 - 2004

Michael Christie: 2005 - 2013

Tito Muñoz: 2014 - Present