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Young People's Chamber Orchestra


During Shelter-in-Place, Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, the advanced level, conductor-less string ensemble, meets in-person, indoors at the Saturday Afternoon Club, following strict health and safety protocols. Fourteen members, aged 13-17, rehearse on site, with one joining remotely.

The Young People's Chamber Orchestra, a string orchestra working without a conductor, is designed to take accomplished young string players and mold them into high-functioning musicians with a complete attentiveness to detail and to each other within the context of the music. The director trains the musicians to interact and collaborate on high-level music-making and nuanced performance. This orchestra is for students up to 23 years of age who are studying privately and have had previous orchestral training. It is modeled after the Bay Area's renowned New Century Chamber Orchestra and is the first youth ensemble of its kind in northern California. All members of the Young People's Chamber Orchestra must be enrolled in another of the Santa Rosa Symphony ensembles or their school's orchestra, and must be committed to a strict routine of rehearsals, private lessons and at-home practice.

For the 2020-2021 season, The Young People's Chamber Orchestra is meeting in person indoors at the Saturday Afternoon Club, following strict health and safety protocols. The 14 members rehearsing on site and 2 joining remotely are aged 13-17. The ensemble is currently learning repertoire, working towards a fall recording session. The guest artist for the spring concert will be none other than SRS Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong! In addition, Young People’s Chamber Orchestra is also working closely with the Santa Rosa Symphony League on an exciting project called the Redwood Violin; the brainchild of Santa Rosa violin maker Andrew Carruthers, the project involves the creation of a violin from locally sourced materials. A composition written by an alumna of YPCO (as part of our First Opus project) will be performed on the finished instrument by a member of the ensemble at their spring concert, with a planned film documenting the entire project.

Established in 1998, the Young People's Chamber Orchestra was formed under the direction of Linda Ghidossi-DeLuca, who led this ensemble until 2008. Currently under the direction of Aaron Westman, the orchestra has been featured as a guest on a New Century Chamber Orchestra performance and has been a winner of the Berkeley Junior Bach Festival.

Auditions & Membership


We gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions from the following:

The Young People’s Chamber Orchestra is sponsored by Gregory Sprehn


All photos 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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