The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra has a lengthy history. In 1960, the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music (LACM) inaugurated a curriculum, which included an orchestra for high school students with outstanding musical talent. In 1969, that program became the Youth Orchestra of the School of Music at California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts).
In 1985 Cal Arts sponsored the formation of the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra Foundation to administer and raise funds for the orchestra program. The foundation was established by Dave and Sue Bozman as a non-profit organization October of 1986. In 2016, it celebrated 30 years as an incorporated non-profit entity.
The orchestra relocated to College of the Canyons in January 1989 when the SCVYO was adopted COC. The program added a successful Prelude Strings program for beginning string musicians in 1996. In 2000, the young orchestra was re-organized further to have intermediate and advanced level orchestras. Remaining the preeminent youth-based orchestral program in the Santa Clarita Valley and continuing to provide exemplary musical education to meet the growing needs and interests of the community, the SCVYO has recently added Guitar Ensemble, Prelude Winds and Brass, the SCV Brass Ensemble and Chamber Music Ensemble to our core orchestral offerings.
The Foundation is currently led by violinist, Elena Chao, whose own children grew through the ranks of the SCVYO multi-tiered musical education and performance programs.
The orchestra is artistically led by Dr. Paul Sherman, who oversees all seven ensembles.
Many SCVYO students have gone on to prestigious music schools such as Eastman School of Music, California Institute of the Arts, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, Julliard School of Music, Cal Poly School of Music, Curtis School of Music, Tanglewood Summer Institute & Interlaken. Other students have gone to outstanding colleges and universities, including Harvard, MIT, UC Berkley, UCLA, UC Irvine, Texas State, Northern Arizona University, USC, CSU-Northridge, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and many other distinguished universities throughout the Country where our alumni have continued to be involved in music while completing their higher education.