The Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony (MOSAS) believe our orchestra is a vital cultural icon, an integral source of identity for our city and a public trust. Economically, the Symphony helps define San Antonio as a major metropolitan area with the highest quality musical culture, making it more attractive to tourists and potential businesses alike. Just as importantly, we live here - 60% of us are homeowners. We raise our families here and pay taxes here.
The San Antonio Symphony is the only full-time, professional, performing arts organization in San Antonio. Each member of the orchestra is a highly trained musician; 75% percent of us have Master's degrees in our fields that are the culmination of a musical training that begins in early childhood. Each position in the orchestra is filled through rigorous and intense international competition. The orchestra’s musicians come from as close as San Antonio and as far away as Syria, Turkey, China, and Japan.
Artistically and educationally, we are integrated into the fabric of life throughout the city. We serve as mentors for countless San Antonio youth. At last count, 90% of the members of the orchestra were mentoring nearly 1,000 individual students in one-on-one private lessons. That is almost 1,000 hours every week of individual interaction between students and mentors. Many of us volunteer in local hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, homeless shelters, houses of worship, schools and mentoring programs. In this way, our presence radiates throughout the city.
The San Antonio Symphony musicians make music that distinguishes San Antonio as a rich cultural environment for its residents, tourists, and businesses. Rather than accepting cuts, MOSAS believes it is time to increase our season and expand our service to the community by providing more of the high-quality concerts San Antonio has come to expect throughout the year. Doing so will also allow us to remain industry-competitive, preserving our status as a destination orchestra for the world’s most talented instrumentalists. The San Antonio Symphony is a valuable community asset, and we are committed to offering our city only our absolute best. We are your San Antonio Symphony.