'Tis the season for the 28th annual Caroling Project! Since 1988, San Antonio Symphony musicians in Santa hats have dispersed all through the city to bring the gift of holiday music to those who can't come share the season with us in the concert hall. Traditional favorites such as The Little Drummer Boy, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are on the playlist as the musicians visit hospital floors, waiting rooms, intensive care units, cellblocks and detention center gyms, piling into elevators with instruments, music stands, and stacks and stacks of holiday tunes.
These events are organized each year by Principal Violist Allyson Dawkins. Year after year, she coordinates with the venues and recruits volunteer musicians, many of whom bring their students and children to be a part of this important community service.
There are none of the standing ovations we are used to seeing at the Tobin Center, but we know we are making a powerful impact on these quiet listeners - the monitors of very sick children show improvement in their vital signs, and inmates-- many of whom will be released back into society--respond positively to an act of kindness.
SAS Musicians Allyson Dawkins, Bassam Nashawati and Aimee Toomes Lopez perform for inmates at the Bexar County Jail in 2015
2016 Caroling Project dates and locations
December 15 Bexar County Jail December 16 Methodist Children's Hospital December 19 Santa Rosa Children's Hospital
December 20 Juvenile Detention Center & Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio