Our Mission

Redefining Pops - Creating New Classics

The mission of Symphony d'Oro is to entertain and educate community audiences by providing high quality musical performances consisting of well-known but now infrequently performed works, or new musical works developed collaboratively with regional musicians.

Conductor Pete Nowlen

Pete Nowlen Conductor

For over 20 years Symphony d'Oro Conductor and Musical Director Pete Nowlen has served as the French horn instructor on the faculties of both UC Davis and CSU Sacramento.  

 Mr. Nowlen also is the director of the UC Davis Concert  Band.  Mr. Nowlen is an active orchestral  and chamber  musician in Sacramento, the Bay Area, and  beyond.  He is also the Artistic Director (and driving  force) of the Vocal & Instrumental Teaching Artist (VITA)  Academy in Sacramento.  The Academy provides music  and music education to underserved communities and  school children while training emerging professional  musicians to be effective teaching artists.  

As the conductor of both Camerata California, and Symphony d'Oro, Mr. Nowlen brings his passion for making beautiful music full circle as he inspires adult musicians to develop their musical talents and performing skills.  Pete also serves as the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band and the Artistic Advisor of Music in the Mountains


Interested in Joining us?

Come join us!  We welcome new and continuing members.  

We do not have a "formal" audition for players.   Invitations to join the orchestra as a member are based upon several factors, including musical ability, level of commitment, and openings that are available.  

For more information, visit the join us page.  

Symphony d'Oro
1124 13th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95822

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