The Venice Symphony is a professional orchestra deeply rooted in its community, offering a variety of concerts and educational programs throughout the year. Ask any season subscriber and you will hear that there is a special something that fills the halls during the concert season – something more than high quality music and exhilarating performances. There’s a vibrance and love for the music we share with you, our audiences, and the many school-age children who benefit from the long-standing music education programs that we provide.

The Venice Symphony is passionate about inspiring a lifelong appreciation of music. Our dedicated musicians and other volunteers provide vital music education throughout our community.

The Venice Symphony Summer Music Camp

For more than 20 years, The Venice Symphony has proudly provided an annual music camp experience to South Sarasota County third graders. Campers choose keyboard, string, jazz or vocal instruction and enjoy learning musical concepts and history. The two-week program takes place at Island Village Montessori School in Venice. On the last day of the program, campers provide a public concert for their families and friends. Music camp focuses on beginning and intermediate levels and meets or exceeds the state mandated benchmarks. More than 100 students participate each summer. The cost per student is only $125 and need-based scholarships are made possible through grants and gifts.

For more information about The Venice Symphony Summer Music Camp, contact: Gayle Heskett, Camp Director at or (941) 412-5222.

Symphony in Schools Program

Musicians from each section of The Venice Symphony…strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion….develop a curriculum and provide teachers with lesson plans about symphonic music. Throughout the school year, the musicians visit the schools to give music demonstrations and interact with students with discussions of how music makes you feel, concert etiquette, and the physics of sounds. The program culminates with a year-end concert. More than 1700 third grade students in 15 South Sarasota County Schools participate in this program each year. It is funded by grants, gifts, and fundraisers of The Venice Symphony and is provided at no cost to the schools or students.

Explorations Contact: Gayle Heskett

Phone: 941-488-1010



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