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"Music is a birthright that must be shared equally by all."
—Music Director Carl St.Clair

Since its inception in 2005, Heartstrings has helped to enhance the lives of more than 95,000 underserved individuals, and is proud to be celebrating its 16th anniversary this 2021-22 season! 

The arts can help feed the soul, provide hope in troubled times, and encourage those who may have lost their way. Live music has proven to generate the greatest benefits for those who attend concerts, engage in music and participate in musical activities. Through Heartstrings, local residents have opportunities to engage, interact and benefit from unparalleled music experiences. 

Heartstrings is a community-wide program serving more than 9,000 residents each year by providing free transportation and access to Symphony concerts and events, customized music and wellness programs, and music instruction in partnership with a wide range of local Orange County schools, social service agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Pacific Symphony’s Heartstrings program is committed to sharing the joy and power of music with all Orange County residents, from infants to seniors, regardless of age, background, socio-economic conditions or other circumstances.

Pacific Symphony Heartstrings participants at a concert
Complimentary tickets and transportation to attend Symphony concerts and live musical events for those who would not otherwise have the opportunity.

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Pacific Symphony Heartstrings performance for Serenades
Customized one-of-a-kind sensory friendly concerts, instrument petting zoos, parent & baby workshops, and soon to be launched “Symphony Serenades”

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Pacific Symphony Santa Ana Strings

Santa Ana Strings, an after-school violin instruction program where students receive a violin to take home, and up to 5 hours of instruction each week.

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Make a Gift to Heartstrings


Interested in becoming a Heartstrings Partner? Contact Mary Hawkes, director of community engagement,

Pacific Symphony Heartstrings participants