DR. PAUL SHERMAN
EXECUTIVE MUSIC DIRECTOR,
CONDUCTOR, SYMPHONY OF THE CANYONS

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Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra performing in Disney Hall

Dr. Paul J. Sherman enjoys a varied career as aconductor, oboist and musicologist. He performs on both modern and baroque period instruments, enjoys a career with many different musical branches. His doctorate in performance, conducting, early music and music history is from USC where he was honored as the Universities top wind graduate.  

Dr. Sherman is currently on faculty at Glendale Community College as a professor  music history and world music at Glendale Community College. 

As a performer he has played in the with the LA. Chamber Orchestra, LA Master Choral, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Opera, Southwest Chamber Music and Music Angelica among many others.

Teaching Philosophy:

The SCVYO family of orchestras strives to provide the highest quality music education in the greater Los Angeles area.  We do this by providing the finest staff, with a combined teaching experience of more than 45 years and seven graduate level degrees. 

This set of ensembles takes the beginning musician through advanced players, laying a solid foundation of correct instrumental technique, rehearsal etiquette, and practice technique.  Students will graduate from the program knowing how to prepare music to the highest level. 

We do this by firmly but reasonably demanding a commitment to a very high level of performance.  This means that the ensembles become a part of your life.  You will meet like-minded, musical and intellectual friends that you will have for life.

The SCVYO attracts the best and brightest students from the area, and virtually all of them graduate to prestigious 4-year universities.  These include, Julliard, the New England Conservatory, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, USC, and UCLA among others.  Being an orchestral musician teaches commitment, higher brain function, critical thinking, interpersonal skills and provides a love of the arts for life.  This is not an easy path, but it will be one of the most rewarding commitments a young musician will ever make.