Mission, Vision & Values
Pacific Symphony inspires, engages and serves Orange County and the region through exceptional music performances, and education and community programming.
Pacific Symphony leads a renaissance in the appreciation, accessibility and impact of classical music in Orange County and the region, through creativity, responsiveness and innovation.
Excellence: We strive for the highest quality in performance, community service and organization.
Passion: We bring determination, great energy and vitality to our work and project a sense of pride.
Education: We seek to ensure greater understanding and appreciation of music by all ages.
Engagement: We listen to and believe in involving the community, our artists, and volunteers in shaping the future of music and ensuring its impact on the broader community.
Innovation: We embrace and anticipate change, experiment with new practices, and shape the future of classical music.
Financial Responsibility: We generate and steward programs and resources which meet the needs of present and future generations.
Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair for the last 30 years, has been the resident orchestra of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for over a decade. Currently in its 41st season, the Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the U.S. in the last 50 years and is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scene, as well as in its own community of Orange County. In April 2018, Pacific Symphony made its debut at Carnegie Hall as one of two orchestras invited to perform during a yearlong celebration of composer Philip Glass’ 80th birthday, and the following month the orchestra toured China. The orchestra made its national PBS debut in June 2018 on Great Performances with Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” conducted by St.Clair.