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Training Young Musicians

The Santa Rosa Symphony's Youth Ensembles have been in operation for over 50 years, making it among the oldest orchestra programs for youth in California. Accomplishments of our orchestras include tours and performances in Germany, New York, the Czech Republic, Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall, as well as award-winning performances in the Berkeley Junior Bach Festival, international cultural exchanges, and civic citations for excellence in community service. In June of 2018, the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra will tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. Our organization 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 12yrs-23yrs
Sundays 5:30 pm-9 pm

Young People's Chamber Orchestra

For advanced string players 10yrs-18yrs
Mondays 5:30pm-8:30pm

Repertory Orchestra

For intermediate players 9yrs-18yrs
Saturdays 10 am-1pm

Preparatory Orchestra

For beginning to intermediate players 8yrs-15yrs
Saturdays 9:15 am-11:45 am

String Orchestra Workshop

For beginners 5yrs-adult (no audition required)
Saturdays 9 am-10am

Summer Music Academy

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

Become a Member

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.


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.

Contact Us

Santa Rosa Symphony
Administrative Office:
50 Santa Rosa Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Administration: 707.546.7097

Patron Services Hours: 
M-F - 9 am – 5:00 pm,
W – 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Patron Services: 707.546.8742