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Santa Rosa Symphony Debut Youth Orchestra

COVID UPDATES (8/17/2021)

With the availability of vaccines for people 12 and older, and proven health and safety protocols, the Institute is returning to in-person rehearsals for all of our ensembles. Debut Youth Orchestra will hold in-person rehearsals beginning September 11. Stringent health and safety protocols will be enforced to ensure everyone's safety. This includes requiring all eligible participants (including staff and faculty) to show proof of vaccination before the first rehearsal. Please see this page for more health and safety information. 

The Debut Youth Orchestra was formed as the Preparatory Orchestra under the direction of Jack Murphy in 1977.

The Santa Rosa Symphony Debut Youth Orchestra provides a solid foundation for younger students to learn to play within a full orchestra under the direction of a professional conductor. Students learn to follow the lead of a conductor, understand music notation, style and gain experience performing before live audiences. To qualify, students must have played their instrument for a minimum of two years. Some prior ensemble training or experience in a performing group is also desirable. Debut students typically may be as old as 15 years. It is strongly recommended that all members be studying their instrument with a private teacher and practice their instrument regularly.

Interested in hearing Debut Youth Orchestra in concert? Click here to view DYO playing Redetzky March, Johann Strauss Sr..

Auditions & Membership



We gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions from the following:


Debut Youth Orchestra sponsored by Norm Claus and Leona Biddle
Savannah Hill Music Scholarship Fund


Banner photo by Susan and Neil Silverman Photography

Contact Us

ATTENTION: Symphony offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. Symphony staff, working from home, continue to monitor voicemails, email and mail.

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

Patron Services:
Phone: (707) 546-8742


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