Music in Tune with Education

Classics 4 Kids performances feature the Classics Philharmonic Orchestra – an adult ensemble comprised of professional musicians from San Diego’s Local 325, American Federation of Musicians. The Classics Philharmonic’s unique concerts fuse live orchestra performances with visual media making classical music come to life through the interpretations of dance, drama, art, film, and more.

Artistic Director and 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 is also a frequent coach, judge and guest conductor at festivals and schools throughout Southern California.

Zimbric believes music is the perfect tool to thoughtfully impart Social-Emotional learning concepts upon her young audiences, especially those from low-income schools facing daily challenges living at or below the poverty level. In fact, nearly 75% of her audience receive free or discounted tickets and transportation in order to provide equal access to music education.

After all we have been through, 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. -Dana Zimbric

Dana Zimbric continues to demonstrate her remarkable commitment to inspire San Diego’s youth through the power of music.