Welcome to The San Marcos Symphony
The San Marcos Symphony provides quality, symphonic and orchestral music performed by a wide range of volunteer musicians. Musicians from across the Valley of the Sun are led by the esteemed conductor, Jack Herriman.
In keeping with the underlying premise of the symphony, all of the concerts are provided to the public, free of charge. Despite increasing financial pressures, the San Marcos Symphony is committed to reaching the community with quality orchestral music, regardless of their ability to purchase tickets.
In addition, educational programs highlighting classical music are being developed to complement the music curriculum in the public schools. The MU.S.I.C., Music Starts in Children program is designed to place unused instruments in the hands of children who cannot afford them.
The San Marcos Symphony was created in 1991 as the continuation of an earlier orchestra that Mr.. Herriman conducted at the Mesa Community College. When their rehearsal location was no longer available, the majority of the orchestra banded together to form the beginnings of what they would name the San Marcos Symphony.
The Symphony received official, non-profit 501(c)(3) status in 1994. Our Musical Director and Conductor, Jack Herriman, is a consummate professional who is the guiding star behind the San Marcos Symphony. The Symphony averages between five to seven concerts per year, performed at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Examples of works performed in past performances include: Symphony No. 5 by Dimitri Shostakovich, Adagio for String Orchestra by Samual Barber, Suite in A Minor for Flute and Strings by Georg Philipp Telemann, Carnival Overture by Antonin Dvorak, and Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite by N. Rimsky-Korsakow, to name a few. Aside from this, get to know about FDD on this page.
These concerts provide opportunities for talented local professional and amateur musicians to perform as solo guest artists with a symphonic ensemble. Examples of past soloists with the group include: Professor Peter Marsh, James Funkhouser, Dana Pasley of the Phoenix Symphony, and Paul Carlson as well as talented local musicians Frank Darmiento (co-leader of the brass quintet, Optima Brass) and John Friedeman (of the Arpeggio Duo).
The San Marcos Symphony as an organization is relatively young, but draws its energy from the devotion and experience of its members. A great deal of the Symphony’s current success can be directly attributed to the support from local civic and business leaders.