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Service Responsibility of Parents

The California Youth Symphony is able to maintain the year-round operations of two full symphony orchestras and six training programs with only a few administrative staff.  This is possible because many vital tasks are accomplished by volunteers. Each CYS parent is required to volunteer in one or more of the areas below so that we can continue to provide our children with this valuable musical experience.

Please remember:

  • Support your child by attending and encouraging others to attend CYS performances. 
  • Support CYS through your volunteer efforts & fundraising. 
  • Everyone is invited to participate in one of the following events to get to know each other, to make new friends, and to help CYS at the same time. Please click the following links to sign up:

Thank you for the opportunity to work and grow with your children and for your dedication and support of their musical careers. You are the magic that makes it all possible!

Please stay tuned throughout the season for ways to sign up:

More information throughout the season will be provided by the VP Coordinators. 

     Seating Auditions Sept. 29, 2018 @ Almond Elementary

     Associate Orchestra Workshops (All Dates)

     December 9, 2018 - Holiday concert, San Mateo Performing Arts Center

     March 3, 2019 - Festival Concert, Smithwick Theater, Foothill College

     May 26, 2019 - Season Finale Concert, Canada College Theatre, Redwood City

     April 2019 - Season Auditions (TBD), Foothill College

SIGN-UP GENIUS: If you have signed up to help with one of the pre-concert lunches, please add Signup Genius ( to your address list so that your reminders and updates don't get lost in your junk, social, or promotions folder.

Service Descriptions

AUDITIONS: This activity takes place in October (seating auditions) and in April (season auditions).  Teams of two people work together dividing the jobs of checking in the musicians, showing them to practice rooms, and taking them to the audition room. It's a slow-paced, relaxing job.

CONCERT HOSPITALITY: This job involves bring/serving snacks to the musicians backstage.  This activity takes place after the dress rehearsal and involves some setting up before the concert and cleaning afterwards.  

CONCERT OPERATIONS: This job involves helping with the various aspects and operations such as program distribution, backstage assistance, etc.  You will need to arrive 45 minutes before your scheduled assignment and possibly work 15 minutes into the concert.

FLYERS & TICKETS: This entails distributing concert flyers and tickets to the musicians at rehearsals before each concert series.  This may also include distributing concert flyers and tickets to schools, senior housing facilities, or other organizations in order to expand our audience size at concerts.

REHEARSAL & PARKING LOT MONITOR: Parents assist with the setting and cleaning the rehearsal room, as well as staying several minutes after rehearsal to ensure all musicians from have been picked up.

WEBSITE ASSISTANCE: Graphic designers, photographers, videographers are welcome! Other tasks may also include scanning of CYS photo albums or researching and saving newspaper articles about CYS, in order to help build the "CYS History" page of our website.


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Yoko Hughes

Qing Xie

Min Wan

Selina Mak Au


Executive Director
Jim Hogan

Orchestra Manager
Carmina Eylar

Office Managers
Mrs. Pang (Mgr.)

Judy Chan (Asst. Mgr.)


Leo Eylar

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