Education Programs

Changing lives through the power of the performing arts

Performance Santa Fe’s award-winning education programs bring the vibrant world of music, dance, and theater alive for our entire community. Every year, we provide stimulating performances, informative and entertaining programs, and inspiring contact with world-renowned performing artists to 3,000 students in 24 schools, serving as a catalyst for academic achievement, creativity, joy, and personal growth. Mentoring, master classes, and matinee performances enrich and engage people of all ages, and serve to nurture a life-long love of music, dance, and theater.

Working directly with thousands of students each year, the PSF Education Programs increase students’ skill in their chosen art form; foster greater discipline, teamwork, and listening skills, as well as self-confidence; and stimulate students’ interest in their school experience and curiosity about their other academic subjects. In a district where 74% of public-school students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, PSF hopes to narrow the public school education gap and create inspired, well-rounded students who are committed to their academic futures and able to express themselves through the performing arts.
Performance Santa Fe’s education programs are free to participants and are funded entirely by grants and donations.

artist master classes & matinee performances

Students from elementary through graduate school have the opportunity to interact and work closely with the world-renowned artists we present through master classes and interactive matinees. Bravo!Kids provides exposure, 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, dance, and theater experiences in Santa Fe’s schools and concert venues to over 2,000 students annually. During our 2019-2020 Season, nearly a dozen of our presented artists — more than ever before — will participate in the Bravo!Kids education program.

weekly artist teacher instruction

The Sostenuto Program supports the existing chorus, band, world music, orchestra, and guitar programs in the Santa Fe Public Schools by engaging professional musicians, who we call Artist Teachers, to work alongside the schools’ music directors as mentors, providing attentive evaluation and technical expertise to students. During our 2019-2020 Season, Sostenuto will provide 700 hours of mentoring while serving Aspen Community Magnet School, Capital High School, El Camino Real Academy, El Dorado Community School, Gonzales Community School, Mandela International Magnet School, Milagro Middle School, Nina Otero Community School, Ortiz Middle School, and Santa Fe High School.

We thank our very dedicated teachers: Cal Haines, percussion; Kat Keener, voice; Pat Malone, guitar; Suzy Reeder, woodwinds; Dominique Gallegos, strings; and Jerry Weimer, woodwinds.

sfps on stage
public school performance collaborative

 As a culmination of the year’s work, selected ensembles from Santa Fe’s public middle and high schools perform an annual collaborative concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, produced by Performance Santa Fe.

Over a dozen of our community’s school ensembles, and hundreds of students, were served at the 2019 SFPS On Stage performance: Santa Fe High School band and choir, Mandela International Magnet School orchestra and world music ensemble, Gonzales Community School orchestra and band, Ramirez Thomas Elementary School choir, El Camino Real Academy choir, Ortiz Middle School orchestra, Acequia Madre Elementary School choir, and Capital High School orchestra, choir, and dance team.

share the joy

This program gives people the opportunity to provide blocks of tickets to PSF main stage productions for students who would not otherwise be able to attend. Please call our office at 505 984 8759 if you would like to become a ticket sponsor.

Underwritten by the Lineberry Foundation and Moore Horizons.


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

2019-2020 supporters of PSF’s education efforts include:
Tana and Roy Bidwell
Beth Beloff and Marc Geller
Dragonfly Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation
Hestia Fund Santa Fe
The Hutson-Wiley and Echevarria Foundation, Inc.
Lineberry Foundation
The Life Center Foundation
Synàkos Foundation
New Mexico Arts
Wells Fargo Foundation
WESTAF TourWest Grant Management