General Program Information
Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles (PSYE) provides a nurturing and creative environment, within which young musicians can grow both musically and personally through the art of performance. Our ensembles include: Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Membership in each ensemble is determined by annual auditions.
Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS): this ensemble is a string orchestra for string musicians in grades 6 through 9. Instruments include violin, viola, cello and double bass.
Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE): this ensemble is a Wind Symphony for woodwind, brass and percussion musicians in grades 8 through 12. Instruments include flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombones, euphonium, tuba, percussion, harp, piano and double bass.
Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO): this ensemble is a full symphony orchestra for string, woodwind, brass and percussion musicians in grades 9 through 12. Instruments include flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombones, tuba, percussion, harp, piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass.
Each ensemble rehearses weekly during the months of August through May. Below is our rehearsal schedule for each group. All three ensembles rehearse at the University of California, Irvine.
Santiago Strings: Sunday afternoons, 5-7 p.m.
Youth Wind Ensemble & Youth Orchestra: Sunday afternoons, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuition and Financial Assistance
Membership in each ensemble requires tuition. PSYE offers partial financial aid for those who demonstrate the need for such aid. Tuition covers all rehearsals, events, annual retreat, 2 complimentary concert tickets to each ensemble performance throughout the season, ensemble t-shirt and complimentary tickets to Symphony performances as they become available throughout the season.
Santiago Strings: $825.
Youth Orchestra & Youth Wind Ensemble: $1,025.
Limited financial aid is available to those who demonstrate the need for assistance.
Students must meet a set of requirements in order to audition. You may find a list of requirements on our audition information and application check list document (click on "auditions" to the right of your screen)! This will help new interested students determine whether they are eligible to audition for one or more of our three ensembles and will also give you all necessary information about how to apply and what to prepare for an audition.
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- Santa Ana Strings
- OC Can You Play With Us?
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- Strings for Generations