In an effort to expand its community engagement the Cape Symphony will be focusing this season on programs that target education, well-being and access.

A component of this expanded commitment includes the organization’s name. The Cape Symphony and Cape Conservatory merged 10 years ago but have mainly continued to operate as separate entities. Going forward the organization will be known simply as the Cape Symphony, with the programs of the conservatory continuing under its aegis.

“As the Cape Symphony, we will continue to build on the long and successful history of both organizations,” said Michael Albaugh, Cape Symphony executive director. “We are bringing both arms of the organization together to become more aligned in our commitment to community engagement and service.”

Newly appointed director of engagement Jackie deRuyter, formerly the Cape Conservatory director, said, “The new department of engagement will encompass our existing instructional programs for youth and adults while expanding our reach into the community through new education, well-being and access programs.”

In the area of education, the Cape Symphony will work to foster a lifelong appreciation of the arts and to ensure that all students on Cape Cod have an opportunity to develop an experience that is engaging, enriching and formative. Education programs will seek to work in partnership with the efforts of the public school systems.

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