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Joining a youth orchestra is a great way for students to hear live music and an opportunity to play with peers and friends. Students also love and appreciate music more by joining a school orchestra program, which often motivates them to do better academically too. The connections your child makes with other students positively impact their lives, and some of these interactions may develop into lifetime friendships.

Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra (CYMO)

(rehearsals in Claremont)



-Deadline: usually mid-June

-Excerpts out in July

-Rehearses Sundays @Claremont HS

-Has three different orchestras, good for different levels/age 

Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA)

-application usually early December
-Audition portal usually opens early September
-From Elementary to High school students
-Good for more committed, serious students


Modern Architecture

Prelude Strings Orchestra 

(rehearsals in Santa Ana)



-Application usually opens April 1st, deadline as it fills up (first 126 students to apply)

-Audition usually mid-August

-Rehearses Saturday mornings

-Good for grades 3-8

South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra (SCYSO)

(rehearsals in Mission Viejo, Yorba Linda, Garden Grove, Ontario)



-Video submission: usually Aug.- Sept.

-Tours European countries 

-Intensive orchestral experience & rehearsal schedule 

-Four separate rehearsal locations and the orchestras combine monthly for workshops

-Good for more committed students

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