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Dear GGP Community,
We still do not have a definite date from SOTA (Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts) as to when we can occupy the Music Bldg. SOTA is waiting to have PAC’s (air purifiers) delivered to the campus to rectify the issue. While Principal Boyle has indicated to me that she thinks they are close, neither SOTA or GGP students currently can have access and our exact return date continues to be uncertain. 
Accordingly, we have decided to move forward in two ways: 
  • We have secured Lakeside Presbyterian Church (19th Ave and Eucalyptus) for our rehearsals. This has been our concert location for many years now. 
  • However, Lakeside is not available on Tuesday afternoons. The rehearsal schedule will be on Mondays from 4:30 – 6:30 and the first rehearsal will be on Monday, October 18
Please click on the registration button below to register. Following receipt of your registration, a link will be sent to schedule an audition time for the student. Only students either in or auditioning for Junior, Senior or Camerata level orchestras need to audition. Cadet orchestra students do not need to audition. Auditions are for orchestra level placement only: all students will be accepted into the GGP. 
We strive to create an audition process that takes place in a supportive environment and is a low key experience to allow faculty to asses the level of returning students, and particularly, to become familiar with the playing level of new students. It will consist of:
  • A scale (chosen by the student)
  • A prepared piece, ideally that the student has been working on with their private teacher
  • Possibly some brief sight reading.
Given that we have missed sessions this year, the GGP is offering a one-time reduction in tuition with the following discounts:
  • Camerata, Senior and Junior level: $1450 (not including the $100 registration fee). Total Tuition = $1550
  • Cadet level: $1080 (not including the $100 registration fee). Total Tuition = $1180 
For those families who have already paid their tuition, thank you.  We will reimburse the difference soon. 
Thanks  to all for your flexibility and patience during what has been a challenging process. 
We look forward to teaching and making great music again live and in person very soon!
Geoffrey Gallegos
Artistic Director/Acting Executive Director
Brenda Nelson
Board Chair 

Registration is required for all new and returning students.

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Enriching Lives Through the Power of Music

Golden Gate Philharmonic (GGP) is a San Francisco-based youth orchestra that uses the transformative power of music education to enrich the lives of K-12 Bay Area students.

Founded in 1995, our award-winning, performance-driven music education program makes learning an instrument fun and rewarding.  Learning to play in ensembles—Music Teams—provides students with a supportive, intimate atmosphere that fosters collaboration, camaraderie and collective accomplishment. Students are trained by and rehearse under professional faculty and perform throughout the year in full orchestral concerts, chamber recitals and community events.  Our unique program is designed to make students…

Better in Music and Better in Life

  • Better in Music – Our orchestras and chamber ensembles are the very definition of teamwork. Students develop higher-level skills, learning both from instructors and peers, motivating them to prepare and practice more, which directly translates to being…
  • Better in Life – Students hone invaluable communication and interpersonal skills learning responsibility and mutual respect, and the understanding that what is created by everyone together is magic and larger than the sum of its parts.

GGP has helped develop the essential life skills of leadership, commitment and perseverance in over 2,000 students—preparing them to successfully navigate the road to higher education and to excel in leadership roles in their respective communities and chosen fields.

Academic Recognition

Top tier academic institutions, and IVY league schools look highly upon classically trained, and/or musically gifted students. They bring not just a wealth of talent to the school but are seen as well-rounded, and balanced individuals. Orchestral music is also known to be a genre that intellectuals appreciate, not just for its complexity but for its beauty.

Robust Music Education Program

We train Bay Area youth ages 5-18 from their first notes played as beginners in the Cadet Orchestra through conservatory-ready young adults in the Camerata Orchestra, with numerous performance opportunities each season, building skills, experience and recognition.

Building Skills, Experience and Recognition

  • Four Orchestra levels and Symphonic Winds program with sectional rehearsals and music theory classes encourage students to attain the highest standard of musical excellence, and to develop essential life skills of collaboration and teamwork, highly prized by top learning institutions.
  • Concerts and Chamber Group recitals throughout the year provide unparalleled training through our stimulating, performance-oriented curriculum building confidence and empathy.
  • Leadership Positions are available to cultivate skills and build recognition.  Each orchestra has two positions for Conductor Assistants (CA’s) per semester.
  • Gig Program offers our Music Teams the opportunity to get real-life experience playing at special events for appreciative audiences.
  • Fall Music Retreat is a two-day musical adventure in the Redwoods at Cazadero Music Camp, where students, families and faculty build community and friendships while making music!
  • Volunteer Opportunities provide our students with the chance to play it forward by bringing joy performing at retirement homes and community events.
  • The Joan Murray Award for Outstanding Student Achievement in Music and Leadership: This prestigious honor is given to one or more students each year who embody our founder’s values in pursuit of musical excellence and community engagement in action and deed.  

Our Founder

Joan Murray, Founder, Executive Director Emerita and 2014 Jefferson Award recipient, was a music teacher in the San Francisco public school system for four decades. Upon her retirement in 1995 she created this outstanding music education program when she saw the significant and steady cuts in funding for music education in our schools. She is steadfast in her commitment to lifting youth to their full potential through her instrument of change-music!

All-Inclusive, Most Accessible Music Program in San Francisco

GGP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit (EIN-11-3740581). All students are welcome. GGP is proud never to have turned a student away for inability to pay.  We offer scholarships based on need, typically, about 20% of enrollment. All students are strongly encouraged to study privately and are required to participate in their schools’ orchestral programs if available. For students unable to afford lessons, we offer group instruction within the program.

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