Mission, Vision, Values

Mission
The mission of the Houston Symphony is to inspire and engage a large and diverse audience in Greater Houston and beyond through exceptional orchestral and non-orchestral performances, educational programs and community activities. 

Vision
In 2025, the Houston Symphony will be America's most relevant and accessible top-ten orchestra.

Core Values

Excellence: We commit to the highest level of artistic, administrative, board and volunteer quality and performance, as reflected in our programs and concerts. 

Community Engagement: We foster meaningful, respectful and collaborative relationships with our patrons and community members from all walks of life in our large, diverse city. 

Education: We provide learning opportunities for listeners and students of all ages throughout our community.

Innovation/Entrepreneurial Spirit: We are the first to pioneer and implement new and creative ideas in our work, both on and off the stage. 

Relevance: We provide musical performances and resources that enhance the lives of our stakeholders and community members. 

Financial Sustainability: We responsibly invest in our present, dutifully plan for our future, and mindfully steward our community's investment in our institution. 

Inclusivity: We intentionally embrace and promote diversity across all levels of our organization, including its people, its programs and its audience, to reflect our city, the most diverse in America. 

Collaboration: We approach internal and external relationships with a spirit of respect and interconnectedness. 



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Education & Community Programs

Learn about our more than 250 concerts and activities a year, reaching more than 300,000 Houstonians.