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Training Young Musicians


Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education is committed to providing a safe learning environment and a welcoming community for young musicians of all cultures, races, religions, sexual orientations and gender identities, physical and intellectual differences as well as socio- economic circumstances.

The Santa Rosa Symphony's Youth Ensembles (SRSYE) have been in operation for more than 50 years, making it among the oldest orchestra programs for youth in California. Accomplishments of our orchestras include tours and performances in Germany, the Czech Republic, China, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall, as well as international cultural exchanges, award-winning performances in the Berkeley Junior Bach Festival, and civic citations for excellence in community service. In June of 2022, the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra toured Madrid, Cuenca, Valencia, and Barcelona in Spain. The Santa Rosa Symphony is dedicated to providing young musicians with orchestral training and performance opportunities of the highest caliber. 



The mission of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles (SRSYE) is to offer young musicians an exceptional educational experience by providing the finest quality orchestral training and performance opportunities in Sonoma County. Our goal is for young musicians to develop an awareness and appreciation of great music in the context of learning responsibility and teamwork, while they participate in our community through public performance. Students can begin instruments as young as five years old at our Summer Music Academy, and remain in our training programs as they excel, into their first years of college.

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra

For advanced players 12 yrs - 23 yrs
Thursdays 6 PM - 9 PM starting in Fall 2023
September - May 

Young People's Chamber Orchestra

For advanced string players 10 yrs -18 yrs
Mondays 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
September - March 

Santa Rosa Symphony Aspirante Youth Orchestra

For intermediate players 9 yrs -18 yrs
Saturdays 11 AM -1 PM
September - May 

Santa Rosa Symphony Debut Youth Orchestra

For beginning to intermediate players 8 yrs -15 yrs
Saturdays 9:15 AM -10:45 AM
September - May 

String Orchestra Workshop

For beginners 5 yrs - adult (no audition required)
Saturdays 9 AM -10 AM, or 10 AM - 11 AM (by assignment)
September - May 

Jazz Ensemble

For intermediate to advanced students of any instrument
Saturdays in the morning TBA
September - April


Summer Music Academy

For all ability levels and ages
(auditions may be required at instructor's discretion)
Three weeks in July 




Membership in the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles requires participation in all rehearsal and performance activities scheduled for your respective orchestra. In addition, all required auditions and registration-related materials must be completed. Membership promotes responsibility, focus, a strong work ethic, positive social skills and a lifelong appreciation for the arts. DETAILS

To learn about how you can join us, click HERE.

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For teachers, parents and students, this list of links and contacts will help support your musical study. Classroom teachers can find lesson plan libraries, interactive classical music web games, and more. Parents and students can find private teachers, local music stores and more. DETAILS

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50 Santa Rosa Ave
Suite 410
Santa Rosa CA 95404
Phone:  (707) 546-7097

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