We’re celebrating the 65th anniversary of the founding of what was then called the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music and Arts. Education and the work we do in the community is of utmost importance to our leadership, our dedicated faculty and administrators, and all of the musicians and staff of the Cape Symphony.
On April 5, 1956, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts granted a charter to the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music and Arts. The Barnstable campus of the Cape Conservatory opened in 1973, and in 1975, the Falmouth campus opened on the grounds of the Highfield Estate. In 2010, the Cape Symphony and the Cape Conservatory merged, becoming the Cape Symphony & Conservatory. This merger was a natural fit, combining high-quality performances with a commitment to arts education. In 2020, the organization name became, simply, the Cape Symphony.
Today, the Cape Symphony is evolving to become a catalyst for cultural activity across the Cape’s many communities, building an offstage presence as strong as its onstage one. Our Engagement activities, an outgrowth of the former Conservatory, will extend the reach of the Cape Symphony beyond the concert hall and our campuses in Barnstable and Falmouth and into neighborhoods, welcoming the entire community – people of every age and from all walks of life – to engage actively with the Cape Symphony as performers, listeners, and contributors to the art.
The Cape Symphony desires to transform the lives of young Cape Codders through music, providing immersive educational experiences for PreK and K-12 students, as well as authentic opportunities for adult audiences to engage directly with our musicians and music. We’ll create opportunities to collaborate with community leaders in education, medicine, and human services to offer musical experiences that provide hope and inspiration for those experiencing trauma, such as homelessness, incarceration, and recovery challenges. Our initiatives will provide open musical exchange within the Cape’s robust arts ecosystem, providing access to performance and educational activities and enhancing the value of music and art in our amazing community.
65 years is an impressive time period to look back on. We look forward to all we’ll accomplish together in the next 65!