Reasons to Support OCYS

  • Since 1970, OCYS has gained an enviable reputation for the range of performance opportunities and training of young musicians in the art of orchestral playing. In addition to a full concert season, students have the opportunity to perform with professional orchestras, guest artists and collaborate with living composers.

  • As part of a superb training, students experience development in the area of leadership abilities, time-management and critical thinking skills.

  • Students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in the beautiful surroundings and conservatory atmosphere of Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music, as well as world-class venues such as the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Soka Performing Arts Center.

  • OCYS connects students to an impressive network of distinguished alumni including Emil de Cou, Former Associate Conductor of the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., David Whitehill, Executive Director of the Ashville Symphony, and Ryan Simmons, Bassoon of the San Diego Symphony.

  • Alumni of OCYS have also been successful in attending prestigious music conservatories such as Juilliard, Oberlin, Eastman, Indiana, The Cleveland Institute, Cincinnati, Chapman and such schools as Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, USC and UCLA.

  • For those not pursuing a career in music, OCYS inspires a devotion to the arts, preparing young musicians for a lifetime of arts participation and patronage.

  • OCYS is proud to offer financial assistance to those who qualify.

  • Your tax-deductible donation supports the OCYS. Also, your employer may be interested in the visibility gained by supporting OCYS. Please call (949) 553-2422.

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Youth orchestras have been much in the news lately. The new music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, is a product of Venezuela’s youth orchestra system, and he’s been wowing audiences worldwide with his Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. The Philharmonic, and other orchestras, would like to start up their own system of youth orchestras. Here in Southern California, we’ve been blessed with vital youth orchestras for many years, including… the OCYSO…
— May 5, 2008, Timothy Mangan, OC Register