Award-Winning Educational Orchestra Teams Up With High School Jazz Artists 


Local Nonprofits Perform for Thousands of Elementary Students at Historic Balboa Theatre   After a two-year hiatus, local nonprofit Classics 4 Kids is presenting their award-winning music education programs for thousands of elementary students from throughout San Diego County to enjoy. “Journey Into Jazz” takes place on May 24-25, 2022, and will feature live music from the 17-member Classics Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied by six talented high school jazz artists from the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory. “I am so thrilled to be returning to the stage since our last performance in March, 2020”, remarked Dana Zimbric, Artistic Director and Conductor of Classics [...]

Award-Winning Educational Orchestra Teams Up With High School Jazz Artists 2022-05-11T14:20:57-07:00

Meet Our Conductor: Dana Zimbric


Dana Zimbric has been benefitting children throughout San Diego County with music education since 2003. This classically-trained conductor is on a mission to make classical music relevant, engaging and accessible for today’s audiences. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music and a Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting. In a competitive field that severely lacks women in leadership positions, she is paving the way for future female conductors. In addition to her work with Classics 4 Kids, she holds positions as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the California Chamber Orchestra in Temecula and Staff Conductor with Golden State Ballet. She [...]

Meet Our Conductor: Dana Zimbric2022-02-08T14:24:03-08:00

Internship Opportunity: Music Education Program


Objectives:  Classics 4 Kids is looking for a Music Education Program Intern to help support the organization’s educational virtual Meet & Greets, in-school assemblies, docent trainings, theatre concerts and other program related activities. The Program Intern will work under the direction of the Artistic Director and will assist in the areas of workshop set-up/breakdown, backstage concert support, program support (research, media creation), orchestra music library, and more. Skill Set Required: The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with strong interest in gaining experience in the area of music education for elementary students. Musical background and ability to [...]

Internship Opportunity: Music Education Program2022-01-07T09:51:42-08:00

Kiran Shelat – Finalist in San Diego Magazine’s Celebrating Women Awards


We congratulate our Executive Director, Kiran Shelat, for her accomplishment as a finalist for San Diego Magazine's Celebrating Women Awards in the Nonprofit Visionary Category! Her dedication and leadership make our impactful programming possible. Winners announced on 11/16!

Kiran Shelat – Finalist in San Diego Magazine’s Celebrating Women Awards2021-10-25T14:37:34-07:00

Dana Zimbric to Conduct 5 Shows of Golden State Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”


A HOLIDAY CLASSIC FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. THE NUTCRACKER | December 16 - 23, 2021 San Diego Civic Theatre WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA FROM THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY Golden State Ballet presents THE NUTCRACKER at the Civic Theatre. Dazzling scenery and costumes set the stage for Jared Nelson’s brilliant choreography telling the beloved holiday tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, all danced to live music from musicians of the renowned San Diego Symphony, playing Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Classics 4 Kids' Artistic Director, Dana Zimbric, will conduct the symphony in 5 shows! TICKETS

Dana Zimbric to Conduct 5 Shows of Golden State Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”2021-10-22T08:36:27-07:00


I am very excited to begin my 18th season with Classics 4 Kids! After all we have been through, in 2021 it is clear that arts education has never been needed more. Our children, teachers, and families have suffered a great deal of loss, but programs like C4K's help heal and inspire our community. This season will be special - we will continue our amazing virtual programs while planning a safe return to live, in-person concerts. Special thanks to our amazing C4K staff team, board, musicians, partners, and donors for your continued commitment! Together we will make this one of our [...]


Our Impact in 2020/2021


Our 2020/2021 Season was one for the books! We continued serving San Diego County students during pandemic restrictions... and ended up bringing music education to more students than ever before in our 27-year history!

Our Impact in 2020/20212021-07-01T15:11:34-07:00
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