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Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Quarantine Clips

Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles (PSYE) would also like to bring the joy of music into your lives (and homes) through their own series of Quarantine Clips.

We're proud to highlight the incredible student musicians in our Youth Ensemble programs: Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. 

The clips are listed in reverse chronological order, so be sure to scroll down and watch them all!

March 17, 2021

Pacific Symphony Youth Octet Plays Gliere's Octet

PSYE students (6) and alumni (2) perform the fourth movement of the Gliere Octet, socially distanced. Member of the Pacific Symphony Youth Octet are Sarah Liu (violin 1), Jayden Yeung (violin 2), Danielle Liu - PSYE Alum (violin 3), Brian Chang (violin 4), Addison Jadwin - PSYE Alum (viola 1), Chris Lee (viola 2), Amy Palm (cello 1), Brandon Shin (cello 2). Recorded at Lyceum Village on 2.7.2021.

Feb. 17, 2021

Harpist Lois Hansen Plays Hasselman

PSYWE Principal Harp Lois Hansen performs Alphonse Hasselmans' "Chanson de Mai." This piece is a great example of a virtuosic harp composition, and really captures the elegant harmonies and lyrical melodies during the French Romantic period.

Feb. 4, 2021

PSYE Members and Alumni Play a Tchaikovsky Sextet

Four current members of Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles (PSYE) as well as two PSYE alumni perform the fourth movement of Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence" for string sextet. The players are Sarah Liu - Violin 1, Jayden Yeung - Violin 2, Addison Jadwin - Viola 1 (alumnus), Chris Taek - Viola 2, Priscilla Kim - Cello 1 (alumna) and Brandon Shin - Cello 2.


January 12, 2021

Lachner's Quartet for Four Violins

Katelyn Xu, Lulu Liu, Bentie Feng and Grace Li, all members of Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings, perform the Quartet for Four Violins by Ignaz Lachner.


October 27, 2020

Zach Foltz Plays Shaw's "First Frippery"

PSYWE's Zack Foltz performed Lowell "Spike" Shaw's "Frippery for Four Horns." "Frippery" is meant to suggest "the frivolous, fun, light-hearted nature of the music," Shaw explained.


July 28, 2020

PSYO Mosaic: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 - IV. Allegro non troppo

The talents of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) musicians shines through once again with this quarantine performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, fourth movement. Roger Kalia conducts this lively performance excerpt from his home!


July 7, 2020

Megan Martono Plays Ysaÿe

Concertmaster of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Megan Martono makes her Quarantine Clip debut performing an excerpt of Ysaÿe's Sonata No. 3 in D Minor. Originally composed as a dedication to the great Romanian violinist George Enescu, this sonata exists as one movement in two sections. The world premiere was performed by Belarusian violinist Josef Gingold.


June 30, 2020

Luchi Jiang Plays "Animal Crossing: New Horizons"

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra alumna Luchi Jiang performs a medley of the charming music of "Animal Crossing: New Horizons," a video game which swept the nation once quarantine began in March. 


June 23, 2020

Sophia Renger Plays David's Concertino for Trombone

Sophia Renger, who plays trombone in Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, performs Ferdinand David's Concertino for Trombone.


June 23, 2020

Alexander Tran Plays Bordogni's Tuba Étude

Alexander Tran, principal tuba of Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, performs Bordogni's Tuba Étude No. 9.

June 16, 2020

Danielle and Sarah Liu Play Vivaldi

Danielle and Sarah Liu, alumna and current member of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra respectively, put their heads and bows together to perform Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins, accompanied by a MIDI orchestra.


June 16, 2020

Ethan Huang Plays Saint-Saëns

Ethan Huang, principal bass clarinet of Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble performs an excerpt from Saint-Saëns' Clarinet Sonata!

Ethan Huang


June 9, 2020

Brian Yip Plays "The Elephant"

Brian, co-principal bass player for Pacific Symphony's Youth Orchestra, recorded a rendition of Saint-Saëns' "L'Éléphant," the fifth movement of the French composer's "Le Carnaval des Animaux" - "Carnival of the Animals."


June 9, 2020

Hannah Velez Plays Bach

Hannah, a violinist in our Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, performs the first movement of Bach's Violin Sonata No. 1.

May 26. 2020

PSYO Horns Play "Jurassic Park"

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians have put together another mosaic piece of their home performance of John Williams' introductory theme to the Spielberg epic blockbuster, "Jurassic Park" - one of the great composer's most memorable themes.


May 26, 2020

Sanghyun Kim Plays Prokofiev

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra violinist Sanghyun Kim plays an excerpt from Prokofiev's Violin Concerto in this week's Youth Ensemble Quarantine Clip.


May 19, 2020

Brothers Jayden and Kyle Yeung Play Beethoven

PSYO violinist Jayden Yeung and PSSS pianist Kyle Yeung perform Beethoven's Sonata No. 8 from their living room.

May 19, 2020

Jaden Kim Plays Conus

Santiago Strings player Jaden Kim performs Julius Conus’ Violin Concerto in E Minor from his living room. Although Julius Conus was a "one-hit wonder" with this violin concerto, it was performed widely by Fritz Kreisler and later Jascha Heifetz, two of the greatest violinists of all time.

May 12. 2020

Yuri Yaguchi Plays Enescu's "Ballade

One of our talented Santiago Strings music students, Yuri Yaguchi performs George Enescu's "Ballade." Equal parts dramatic and beautiful, Enescu's "Ballade" dates from 1895, written when the composer-violinist was just 14 years old. The world premiere took place at the Paris Conservatory.


May 12, 2020

A PSYE Trio Plays Bach

Violist Talia Nguyen, double-bassist Tara Nguyen and Co-principal Clarinetist Hina Hina Tamaki perform Bach's Sinfonia No. 13 from his Three-Part Inventions. Talia, Tara, and Hina are members of Pacific Symphony's Santiago Strings, Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Ensemble programs, respectively.


May 4, 2020

PSSS Member Verena Lo Plays Bach

Pacific Symphony's Santiago Strings member, Verena Lo, performs the Gigue from Bach's Cello Suite No. 3 from her home!


May 2, 2020

Pacific Symphony Youth Octet Plays Mendelssohn

Our incredible Pacific Symphony Youth Octet performs the 4th movement of Mendelssohn's String Octet. 

Message from the Pacific Symphony Youth Octet: As students in the Pacific Symphony Youth Octet, we feel privileged to have the opportunity to learn and play our instruments. Even during this period of lockdown, we are able to enjoy music and have private lessons online. We are immensely grateful that we can still attend school remotely, and that our needs are provided for during this time. However, this would not be possible if others were not out in the front-line, risking their lives so that we can be safe and healthy, and so that we can have all that we need. We would like to say THANK YOU!

Thank you, police officers, child-care givers, construction workers, paramedics, and delivery workers.
Thank you, teachers, firemen, plumbers, cooks, public utility workers, lawmakers, and nurses.
Thank you, military personnel, waiters, warehouse workers, physicians, and train operators.
Thank you, grocery-store workers, pharmacists, mail carriers, technicians, and road and highway crews.
Thank you, nursery home care-givers, scientists, bus drivers, farmers, sanitation workers, and electricians.
Thank you also to musicians, actors, dancers, and all other artists for devising creative means to express art in ways accessible at home.


As a small token of our appreciation, we have pooled our efforts together to present to you the fourth movement of the Mendelssohn Octet. Since we are not able to practice or perform together, this effort involved us practicing our parts separately, and recording one by one, to eventually layer our individual playing to create “chamber music”. We hope you enjoy our presentation. 


PSSS Member Shaun Koumans Plays Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen"

Shaun Koumans, a member of Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings, performs the final movement of Pablo de Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" (Allegro molto vivace). Based on themes of the Roma people, the last section uses the rhythms of the csárdás, a traditional Hungarian folk dance.


April 25, 2020

PSYWE Member Kyle Graham Plays "Triplets" on the Marimba

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble member Kyle Graham performs "Triplets" by George Hamilton Green on marimba from his garage/studio.


April 23, 2020

PSSS Member Andrew Kao Plays Paganini

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings member Andrew Kao performs Niccolò Paganini's Caprice No. 13.


April 23, 2020

Esther Liu Plays Émile Paladilhe

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra member Esther Liu performs Émile Paladilhe's Solo for Oboe, "Solo pour hautbois."


April 20, 2020

Danielle and Sarah Liu Play Bériot

Pacific Symphony Youth Ensemble alumna Danielle Liu is joined by her sister and current PSYE member Sarah Liu to perform Bériot's Duet Concertante No. 3 from their home.


April 19, 2020

Viraj Sonawala Plays Goldenburg

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble member, percussionist Viraj Sonawala performs Morris Goldenburg's Etude No. 5 at home on his marimba.


April 18, 2020

Pacific Symphony Youth Quartet Plays "Tale As Old As Time"

Our 2017-18 Pacific Symphony Youth Quartet group recorded a cover of the evergreen, "Tale As Old As Time" from the hit Disney musical "Beauty and the Beast."


April 18, 2020

Devon Chang Plays Sarasate

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings member Devon Chang performs Pablo de Sarasate's lyrical "Introduction and Tarantella."


April 16, 2020

Madeleine Chang Performs Mazas' "Romance" Etude

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings violist Madeleine Chang performs J.F. Mazas' Violin Etude No. 18, "Romance" on her viola from her home.


April 16, 2020

Camille Saint-Saëns: "Swan" from "Carnival of the Animals" 

Pacific Symphony Youth Quartet performs the "Swan" movement from "Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns. 

April 13, 2020

PSSS Violinist Brian Chang Plays Wieniawski

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS) has worked with a lot of incredible young musicians - here's PSSS member Brian Chang performing Wieniawski's Etude, Caprice No. 4 for 2 Violins!


April 14, 2020

Klaus Badelt/Hans Zimmer: Pirates of the Caribbean"

Pacific Symphony Youth Quartet performs the main theme from the swashbuckling blockbuster, "Pirates of the Caribbean"!

Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Concert Highlights

Paul Basler: "Carnival" (July 2017)

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble performs Paul Basler's "Carnival" at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival 2017 in Vienna in the Wiener Konzerthaus, conducted by PSYWE Music Director Dr. Gregory X. Whitmore.

Brendan Faegre: “Analog Intelligence”

In 2018, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Roger Kalia gave the world premiere of Brendan Faegre's "Analog Intelligence" for orchestra and antiphonal percussion, a fascinating piece heavily-inspired by past and current electronic music.

Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Zoom Sessions

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, the Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles (PSYE) program has found new and creative ways to work with our three youth ensembles (Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble and Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings), including weekly Zoom sessions with some wonderful and inspiring guest artists.

PSYO Zoom Session: Roger Kalia's Farewell Tribute - May 10

Recent Solti Award winner and departing Associate Conductor and PSYO Music Director Roger Kalia said goodbye to Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra via Zoom. Enjoy this moving tribute to Roger's PSYO musicians!


PSYWE Zoom Session - April 26

Relive a zoom session with composer Alex Shapiro and Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (Dr. Gregory X. Whitmore, music director), recorded on Sunday, April 26, 2020.


PSYO Zoom Session - April 26

Experience a zoom session with conductor Mei-Ann Chen and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (Dr. Roger Kalia, music director), recorded on Sunday, April 26, 2020.