The Civic Youth Orchestra makes the experience of performing ensemble music available to young people of any race, religion or ethnic origin, without regard to economic circumstances, in an environment that is positive and nurturing.
The Civic Youth Orchestra provides a stimulating performance preparation program which offers musicians of various skill levels the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency for receptive audiences in a variety of locations throughout Southern California.
Since 1956 the Civic Youth Orchestra has enriched the lives of aspiring musicians, from those who are just beginning their musical experience to the most advanced, through a stair-step program designed to inspire and cultivate excellence through music and an appreciation for the arts.
Our program offers both small and large ensemble training for musicians aged 5 to 22, led by professional staff, as well as master classes, workshops, intensive orchestral retreats and tours.
Our students have gone on to pursue successful careers as solo performers, symphony orchestra members, composers, music educators and members of the music entertainment industry.
Tuition covers only a portion of the total cost of our overall program. Generous parent and community support for the Civic Youth Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, helps to continue our goal of providing the best possible music education for our students.