Programs

CYS Senior Orchestra

Music Director Leo Eylar

The Senior Orchestra is our premiere symphonic ensemble, comprising approximately 120 outstanding instrumentalists. The extremely high level of technical and musical excellence allows the orchestra to perform a wide range of demanding orchestral repertoire, from classical masterpieces to world premieres. Since its inception in 1952, CYS has had only three conductors in its 63-year history, and has toured in more than 20 countries across four continents.

Performances
The CYS Senior Orchestra performs at numerous venues throughout the Bay Area, and is currently expanding its performance schedule in the East Bay. The peformance schedule will be available soon, please continue to visit our website.

Rehearsals
Sundays 2:30 PM
Extended rehearsals at the discretion of the Music Director

Summer Camp & Workshops
The CYS Senior Orchestra begins its season preparing new music at the annual CYS Summer Camp, which takes place in the beautiful setting of Redwood Glen, located in the Santa Cruz mountains. During this intensive one-week camp held in early August, CYS Orchestra members combine musical instruction with social activities to forge new friendships in a beautiful camp setting tucked beneath the majestic redwoods. 

During the regular season, sectional workshops are held twice per concert cycle, led by section leaders of the CYS orchestra and guided by prominent professional symphony musicians of the Bay Area.

Tours
California Youth Symphony was the first American youth orchestra to tour overseas. Historically, every other year the California Youth Symphony embarks on an international tour.  These professionally managed tours provide students with first-rate performing opportunities abroad, as well as cultural sightseeing excursions and activities. 

Graduating Senior Concerto Competition
The CYS Senior Orchestra holds an annual Concerto Competition in December, offering its current graduating seniors an exciting opportunity to showcase their talent on our season finale concerts in May. Winners perform either a movement from a concerto or a one movement concert piece accompanied by the CYS Senior Orchestra.

Recent Performance Photos