Temecula Valley Symphony aspires to provide quality, innovative and compelling music programming and serves as a leader of the arts in our community, through an organization that provides the support necessary for these efforts, in an atmosphere that is fun, positive, and supportive.
History of the Temecula Valley Symphony
The Temecula Valley Symphony started out as a very small community orchestra named the Inland Valley Symphony in 1999. In 2015, due to the enormous growth and participation with the city of Temecula, the symphony was renamed and rebranded as the Temecula Valley Symphony.
No longer Southwest Riverside County’s “best-kept musical secret,” Temecula Valley Symphony has grown in size and artistic achievement. The symphony is being hailed as a leading cultural attraction in the region. Readers of the Inland Empire Magazine recently voted TVS as one of the Best Live Entertainment Venues in the Inland Empire!
According to Alana Joos, the symphony’s Managing and Artistic Director: “We design our programs to connect to the audience in a personal way and strive to make them engaging and light-hearted. We’re not your ordinary stuffy symphony. We like to break the barrier between the audience and the orchestra and encourage people to laugh, applaud, and participate in the musical experience. We believe it’s OK to have fun at a symphony concert!”
We are a 60 member regional symphony that attracts musicians from throughout the Southland and is a mix of professionals and accomplished volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to the symphony. The majority of the orchestra’s musicians live and work in the Temecula Valley. Additional musicians come from various regions of Southern California including the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego.
Temecula Valley Symphony performs 4 ticketed concerts per season in addition to making special concert appearances at other venues. The City of Temecula features the symphony on its annual Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day concerts on the gorgeous steps of the Temecula Civic Center, as well as a children’s concert in the spring.
TVS often presents chamber music recitals throughout the year featuring soloists and ensembles from the symphony that feature virtuoso talent as well as occasional special guest artists. These chamber music concerts have been coined as the “Colors of Music” series, and are held in smaller venues and provide a unique opportunity to be up close and personal with the soloist and include a social reception following the concert.
Members of the symphony are actively involved in arts education and community outreach and provide coaching to numerous students throughout the area. In addition to performing concerts, the musicians of the adult symphony volunteer to assist beginning music programs in the area by providing coaching. They work closely with local school music departments to raise the awareness of classical music and nurture the development of young musicians.
In 2008 the Temecula Valley Symphony founded the Temecula Valley Youth Symphony. The Youth Symphony (TVYS) performs several concerts per season with a roster of over 40 young musicians. The Youth Symphony currently offers three levels of ensembles, including performance opportunities for young musicians from ages 6 through 18 and includes the Youth Symphony, Junior Youth Symphony and Prelude (beginning strings). TVYS focuses on providing quality music education for the children with emphasis on preparing them to be more successful musicians and good students of the arts.
Each year the symphony hosts a Young Artist Competition. Students audition for the opportunity to play a movement of their concerto with the Symphony, live and in concert. Cash awards and awards of recognition are also presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The TVS Young Artist Competition is held during the 1st quarter of each year with the winners being selected to perform a movement of their concerto with the Symphony in concert during the Spring.
Community members and patrons are discovering that they no longer have to make long trips to San Diego, Orange County or Los Angeles to find quality music productions. Temecula Valley Symphony offers exceptional music programming, entertaining for all ages, at an affordable price.
About the Organization
The symphony is registered as a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, under the name of Inland Valley Symphony DBA Temecula Valley Symphony and Temecula Valley Youth Symphony.
The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are community leaders and musicians from the organization. Our non-profit name still remains as Inland Valley Symphony but we are doing business as Temecula Valley Symphony, and Temecula Valley Youth Symphony.
Various area business people and arts leaders serve as advisors to the board, and provide support for the organization by providing in-kind services on an as-needed basis.
Concerts, community outreach activities, and the Symphony’s music education program are made possible by individual membership subscriptions, grants and corporate sponsorship.
The symphony continues to experience exceptional growth and frequently has record breaking concert attendance. TVS has significantly increased its volunteer base of patrons and community supporters since its inception, and is poised to be a major arts leader in Southwest Riverside County.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Symphony please contact us. We are always seeking new patrons, volunteers, students who need community service hours, advertisers, donors, and sponsors for our concert programs.
Letter from the Artistic Director
I am very proud to have served 10 years as the former President of this fine organization and now act as the Managing and Artistic Director of Temecula Valley Symphony.
Our organization has grown tremendously in the past two decades and with your support as concert patrons, donors, corporate sponsors, and arts advocates we can work together to continue expanding our performance groups that enhance the cultural environment here in the Temecula Valley.
– Alana Joos, Artistic Director.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors oversees the entire Temecula Valley Symphony organization providing leadership, vision and planning. The Symphony and Youth Symphony each have a need for community leaders and individuals who would like to be involved in a growing non-profit arts organization. We welcome inquiries for prospective Board Members or Friends of Temecula Valley Symphony. Please fill out our Contact Form and submit your inquiry.
Our Music Director
John Mario has transformed Temecula Valley Symphony into a top quality regional symphony. Through his leadership and musicianship he has molded the orchestra into a fine performance group that continues to receive rave reviews.
Read a letter from our director…
Non Profit 501(c)3
Our non-profit name still remains as Inland Valley Symphony but we are doing business as Temecula Valley Symphony and Temecula Valley Youth Symphony.