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CYS Associate Orchestra

Music Director Leo Eylar

The CYS Associate Orchestra came into existence in 1995, and has grown in the past 20 years from a chamber-sized ensemble to a 100-piece full symphony orchestra which performs symphonic music of the highest caliber. The CYS Associate Orchestra provides advanced orchestral training to predominantly high school aged student musicians. As with the Senior Orchestra, Associate members have the opportunity to perform concerto movements and concert works with the orchestra through our Concerto Competition held in December every year. Orchestra members receive individualized sectional sessions on a regular basis throughout the season. The Associate Orchestra has the dual purpose of being the direct feeder ensemble to the Senior Orchestra as well as being a stand-alone symphony of the highest caliber, offering its members the opportunity to perform major symphonic works by composers including Tchaikovsky, Copland, Rossini, Dvorak, Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Wagner, and many others, all in original versions (no arrangements). The orchestra has three major performances per season.

The CYS Associate Orchestra performs at the beautiful theaters of Cañada College Theater in Redwood City and San Mateo's Performing Arts Center. 

Sundays: Calltime 11:45 AM, Rehearsal 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Sunday Workshop Days (3 total): 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Extended rehearsals at the discretion of the Music Director

During the season, sectional workshops are held once per concert cycle, led by prominent professional symphonic musicians of the Bay Area.

Associate Orchestra Concerto Competition
The CYS Associate Orchestra Concerto Competition was established during the 2006-07 season to recognize outstanding musicians in the orchestra and also train the orchestra in the art of orchestral accompaniment.  The concerto competition is open to all current members of the orchestra and winners perform either a movement from a concerto or one movement concert piece accompanied by the CYS Associate Orchestra.

Tuition Assistance
CYS offers need-based tuition assistance for musicians of all ensembles. Please view the Auditions page under "For Musicians" above for the application and deadline information.

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