Mission Statement: The Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra & Chorus uses classical music to build community and to inspire a deeper appreciation of music through providing access to performance and music education for students and the general public.


Founded by conductor and educator, Urs Leonhardt Steiner, the Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra & Chorus has provided more than 20 years of quality musical performances and dynamic music education programs to communities in San Francisco and abroad. These programs have earned the organization a national and international reputation with programs in California, Central America, and Europe.

Maestro Steiner created the organization to provide access to classical music at the community level by encouraging amateur and professional singers, musicians and composers to collaborate closely and build community through performing live classical music. The Golden Gate Symphony achieves this through programming innovative orchestral and choral works, and performing a wide range of repetoire from the classics to contemporary compositions.

The orchestra has recorded more than a dozen CDs, produced film scores, and performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Central America. The group has collaborated with many organizations including the San Francisco Community Music Center, the San Francisco Choral Society, TOSCA, the Oaxaca Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Nacional de Nicaragua, the Golden Gate Opera, and most recently Musik Theater Chur, Switzerland.


Urs Leonhardt Steiner, Music Director
William Grossman, MD, Board Chair
Chris Clyde
Peter Clyde
Jeanette Conley
Melanie Grossman, PhD
Jan Horn, MD
Chris Lawrence
Chris Nickolopolous
Raub Shapiro
Kate Stilley Steiner
Eve Zhang
J. Scott Zimmerman