Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO)
"My experience with PSYO has been life-changing and is a stepping stone to my dreams of becoming a professional harpist." —Daria Sarraf, harp
About Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra
Founded in 1993, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) has emerged as the premier training orchestra of Orange County. Under the artistic direction and guidance of Pacific Symphony’s renowned music director, Carl St.Clair, PSYO is quickly being recognized as one of the most outstanding youth orchestras in our country.
Representing 29 schools in and beyond Orange County this season, PYSO offers performance opportunities to instrumentalists in grades 9-12 and is one of three Youth Ensembles programs offered by Pacific Symphony. PSYO provides members with a high quality and innovative artistic experience and strives to encourage musical and personal growth through the art of performance. Each season students enjoy an interaction with Maestro Carl St.Clair, as well as regular interactions with guest artists and professional musicians of Pacific Symphony. Students also engage in an annual weekend retreat and are offered free and discounted tickets to Pacific Symphony performances throughout the season.
Each season PSYO presents a three-concert series, generously sponsored by the Cheng Family Foundation. Members also participate in a Side-by-Side performance with Pacific Symphony, where students perform in concert with their professional counterparts as part of Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings. Performances commence at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The final performance of each season features the winner(s) of the annual concerto competition, for which auditions are exclusive to current members of the Youth Orchestra.
Rehearsals take place every Sunday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the music department at the University of California, Irvine, starting in September and ending in May each season. Members are selected through annual auditions which take place in June. (For information about auditions, please click on “auditions” to the right on this page).
- PS Youth Ensembles
- Family Musical Mornings
- Community Concerts
- Class Act
- Santa Ana Strings
- Community Participation
- Season Insights
- Symphony on the Air
- Student Tickets
- Strings for Generations
Roger Kalia, Music Director, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and Assistant Conductor, Pacific Symphony
Gregory X. Whitmore, Music Director, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble
Irene Kroesen, Music Director, Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings
Carl St.Clair, Artistic Advisor
Shawne Zarubica, Director of Youth Ensembles
Oscar Esteves, Youth Orchestra manager
Nicole Kroesen, Youth Wind Ensemble manager
Amanda Sansonetti, Santiago Strings manager