Education Programs


The performing arts change lives. Performance Santa Fe’s award-winning Education Programs bring the vibrant world of music and dance alive for our entire community. Every year, we provide stimulating performances, informative and entertaining programs, and inspiring contact with world-renowned performing artists to over 3,500 students in 24 schools, serving as a catalyst for academic achievement, creativity, joy, and personal growth. Talks, Master Classes, and our Bravo!Kids matinee performances enrich and engage people of all ages, and serve to nurture a life-long love of music.

Working directly with thousands of students each year, the PSF Education Program fosters discipline and excellence, measurably improving academic performance, self-esteem, resilience, and problem solving skills in students, as well as nurturing a life-long love of music. 

weekly artist teacher instruction

The Sostenuto Program supports the existing chorus, band, and orchestra programs in the Santa Fe Public Schools by engaging professional musicians, who work alongside the schools’ music directors, to mentor music students and to provide attentive evaluation and technical expertise. In 2017/18, Sostenuto will provide 1,000 hours of mentoring while serving El Dorado Community School, Gonzales Community School, Ortiz Middle School, Capshaw Middle School, Capital High School, and Santa Fe High School.

We thank our very dedicated teachers: Sitara Schauer, violin; Deborah Barbe, violin; Bill Williams, trumpet; and Sarah Weiler, mezzo-soprano.
Underwritten by The Hutson-Wiley Echevarria Foundation, Inc.; The Lineberry Foundation; Beth Beloff & Marc Geller

artist master classes & school performances

Children in grades 1 through 12 have the opportunity to interact and work closely with world-renowned artists through cooperative performances, workshops, master classes, and stage opportunities. Bravo!Kids nurtures performance skills and inspires excellence in youths pursuing artistic education – from beginners to emerging professionals. These concerts and collaborative events provide dynamic and captivating musical experiences in our schools, in our concert venues, and around Santa Fe.

2018-19 master classes and school performances include Stars of American Ballet, Julian Sands, Veronica Swift, Nicola Benedetti, and BODYTRAFFIC.

Dream big
private instrument instruction

This collaboration between SFPS and PSF provides low-cost private instrumental lessons, with the objective of preparing students sooner and more thoroughly for acceptance into the All-State Orchestra and Band.
Underwritten by The Hutson-Wiley Echevarria Foundation, Inc.; The Lineberry Foundation

sfps on stage
public school performance collaborative

As a culmination of the year’s work, selected choral, band, and orchestra students from Santa Fe’s public middle and high schools perform two collaborative concerts at the Lensic Theatre, produced by Performance Santa Fe, and receive an acknowledgment dinner.
Underwritten by The Hutson-Wiley Echevarria Foundation, Inc. 

share the joy

This program gives sponsors the opportunity to provide blocks of tickets to PSF main stage productions for students who would not otherwise be able to attend.
Underwritten by the Lineberry Foundation and Moore Horizons.


Each season Performance Santa Fe offers paid internships to high school and college students.