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Ensembles     Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra

The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra (SCVYO) Foundation, a non-profit organization, supports the fine arts education via orchestral performances. It supports seven ensembles, including Prelude Strings, Orchestra, and Symphony of the Canyons, as well as Chamber Music, Guitar Ensemble, Prelude Winds, and SCV Brass Ensemble.

Rehearsals are conducted in the beautiful campus music facility, Pico Canyon Hall, College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California. Performances take place in the state-of-the-art Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, adjacent to the rehearsal hall.  All ensembles are directed by professional musicians with advanced music degrees. 

The Foundation seeks to provide an instrumental education program for students eight years and older. Students study all periods of music: from baroque through modern, with opportunities for master classes with Los Angeles’ finest musicians, chamber music performances, and travel. 

Students, through exposure to expert instruction, musical knowledge, and ethnic diversity, acquire a love of beauty, learn to pursue excellence, demonstrate personal growth as musicians, and enrich the cultural life of our community.

The Foundation is registered as a 501 (c) 3 and gladly appreciates donations in support of this community’s long time orchestral performing arts program. If you have a question, please feel free to Contact Us.



Paul J. Sherman -    Executive Music Director; 
Conductor, Symphony of the Canyons

Julissa Bozman -      String Coach &
Assistant Music Director, Prelude Strings

Derrick Spiva -         Music Director; Orchestra

Susan Carpenter -    Prelude Winds & Brass

Rachel Iba -               Chamber Music

Jim Jeffrey -              Guitar Ensemble

Luke Storm -            SCV Brass Ensemble

Phillip Suwandi -     Orchestra Manager