Mission Statement

Symphony of the Southwest’s mission is to perform live, professional-level symphonic and chamber concerts for diverse audiences of all ages throughout the greater Phoenix area of Arizona, bringing culture, education and beauty to all those we touch.

In doing so, we provide locally-based, semi and professional level musicians opportunities to play on a regular, pay-per-service basis throughout the year. Our Youth Symphony of the Southwest provides symphonic repertoire performance experience for young people ages 15 through 20

About Us

Under the baton of Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg, Symphony of the Southwest is the East Valley communities’ classical music source for symphonic and chamber concerts presented to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Since 1956, the symphony is committed to bringing culture, education and beauty to all those we touch.


  • We value classical music repertoire as the basis of the music we perform and hand-down for future generations.
  • We value the power of live, orchestral music to educate and touch people’s lives with beauty, inspiration, education and entertainment.
  • We value the talents and time of our musicians, staff and board who have dedicated the majority of their lives to the power of music.
  • We value people of all ages including families and children from diverse backgrounds as our concert supporters.
  • We value our community partners, from other registered 501c3 arts and community non-profits, to Valley businesses small and blue chip alike as meaningful and beneficial relationships.
  • Vision Statement

    Symphony of the Southwest is a premier symphonic musical force in Arizona, performing live orchestral music several times a year at the Mesa Arts Center and other Valley locations for public school children, adults and families. As a 501c3 organization, we are committed to fiscal and organizational responsibility and transparency and committed to being a strong cultural and organizational presence within our community for generations to come.

    Our Programs

    Our regular season consists of classical and pops concerts performed at the world-class Mesa Arts Center. In addition to our performances in Mesa, SSW and SSW Chamber groups have presented encore performances in numerous East and West Valley locations.

    Each year, as a part of our community outreach, Symphony of the Southwest stages the beloved Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev for over 7,000 East Valley public and charter school children.

    Check out pics from some of our past events.

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