About Symphonia Caritas
Symphonia Caritas improves the lives of those in need through benefit and free symphony concerts.
Symphonia Caritas partners with well-established nonprofits to perform benefit concerts. The partner nonprofit keeps 100% of the proceeds from the concert. In addition to providing a valuable fundraising opportunity, the concerts are also a perfect opportunity for the nonprofits to connect with their supporters.
Symphonia Caritas performs concerts directly for those in need. We have performed for the residents of the San Francisco St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter, as well as the community of Swords to Plowshares.
"Symphonia Caritas has been a wonderful partner. Together we hosted a Summer Symphony Concert to raise critical funds for Swords to Plowshares, the Bay Area's leading veteran services organization. The fundraising event was a great success thanks to the professional orchestra led by conductor Paul Schrage who played absolutely beautifully! It is so important to have events like this to connect more deeply with our supporters and emphasize the deep connection between the arts and building community. This opportunity would not have been possible without the support of our amazing partner, Symphonia Caritas." - Colleen Corliss, Resource Development & Communications Director, Swords to Plowshares
Who We Are
Paul Schrage, Board Member and Music Director
Paul Schrage began his career as a pianist. He has performed with orchestras, in recital, and in jazz settings across the United States, in Europe, and in Brazil. He was a finalist at the International Young Artists Piano Competition, and has performed in such diverse venues as the INSAP festival in Chicago, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the main square in Warsaw, Poland, with Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste in Kinshasa, DRC, and Casa Rui Barbosa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Paul was formerly on faculty at Foothill College, Vandercook College of Music, and the International Summer Jazz Academy.
As a conductor, Paul is the cover conductor for the Merced Symphony, served as Music Director of the St. Peter’s Chamber Orchestra in Redwood City, and has guest and substitute conducted San Francisco Bay Area orchestras. He has participated in the summer conducting programs at the Canford Summer School in England and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He has studied privately with Martin West, and was the last student of George Cleve.
Paul holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from the Kansas City Conservatory, where he studied under Ruth Anne Rich, and an M.M. in Piano Performance from the Hartt School of Music, where he studied under Luis de Moura Castro.
Anne Berry, Board Member
Originally from Denver, Anne Berry has lived in the bay area for ten years. She works in the finance industry, raising capital for technology companies. Prior to her work in finance, Anne worked as an economist for the Council of Economic Advisers at the White House, where she focused on microeconomic policy. There she provided research and guidance to the President of the United States as well as numerous government agencies.
Anne holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She was a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she earned an MPhil in Economics. She also earned a joint J.D./MBA from Stanford, and is licensed to practice in law in the state of Colorado.