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 by 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.
Dr. Paul Sherman has been executive music director since 2007, overseeing the SCVYO artistic faculty and manages our seven ensembles.
Several of our young musicians have had the honor of performing in Carnegie Hall during their tenure with the SCVYO, and many of our students have gone on to prestigious music conservatories 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. Others have gone to outstanding colleges and universities, including Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley, 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.
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.