Music Education & Community Engagement


STUDENT ACCESS is a program which helps to bring great music to the young people and their families in the community.

Join the Pasadena Symphony and POPS to support our STUDENT ACCESS program, a no-cost ticketing program for young people and their families. Each year, it is our goal to raise at least $15,000 for PSA’s music access program.  We would be so grateful to you if you considered donating to this campaign.

Click here to read Chief Executive Officer Lora Unger’s letter about STUDENT ACCESS.

Your donation can be made here:


Building Community Through Music

Our vision is to provide people from all walks of life with powerful access points to the world of symphonic music. In the belief that music nourishes the mind, body and spirit of the individual and enriches the community, we serve as a curator of instrumental music of the past, present and future with an unwavering pursuit of excellence and access.

Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra

Since 1972, the PSA has served the youth of the region through its Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra by training and developing tomorrow’s community leaders. The PYSO maintains 5 performance ensembles comprised of over 250 students grades 4 through 12 from more than 50 schools all over Southern California. With special collaborations with the Pasadena Unified School District and Pasadena City College, these committed young people receive advanced weekly instruction and challenging music opportunities through a rigorous program that emphasizes ensemble playing and includes a minimum of three concerts per year.

Student Access Program
Through our Student Access program, thousands of young people and their families in Pasadena and surrounding San Gabriel Valley communities are provided with access to Pasadena Symphony and POPS concerts at no-cost. We not only host students from the PYSO and the Pasadena Unified School District but also their parents, caregivers and family members as well as several community organizations that serve at risk youth.  This family-friendly program not only offers first time exposure to live symphonic music, it makes participation available to families of all walks of life, creating a level playing field that honors every person’s civic right to have access to the enriching benefits of a live symphony orchestra. We are expanding our reach daily.

It is our core belief that  Musical Enrichment through Community Engagement is a vital part of an individual’s education, and development through all of life’s stages.
As a professional orchestra and civic institution, the Pasadena Symphony and POPS seeks to support and foster a love and knowledge of orchestral music. We believe that participatory music instruction, lectures and intimate performances are an invaluable experience for an individual, providing a wide range of intrinsic benefits. The PSA offers the support of a full-time staff, a wide database of professional musicians, conductors and soloists; and a wealth of information and administrative support to deliver enriching community engagement activities throughout the year.