Symphony of the Canyons

Directed By:  Dr. Paul J. Sherman
Mondays 6:00pm - 9:00pm
College of the Canyons - Valencia Campus


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Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Concerto Competition winners:

Samea Derrick, age 13 - Saint Saen's Cello Concerto No. 1
William Suwandi, age 14 - Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4

These young musicians will return to center-stage at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on December 2nd to reprise their sublime performances.  Concert begins at 7:30.  Please visit the PAC box-office for tickets.



Who must audition for Symphony? 

🎶🎶 Youth & Adult Members Welcome 🎶🎶

🎵All new musicians wishing to oin the Symphony must audition

🎵All returning Symphony members must audition each Fall Semester

🎵All students wishing to move up From Orchestra to Symphony must auditon

The typical Symphony of the Canyons student has a
minimum of 5 years experience and:

Can play 3-octave scales where possible and within
the range of the instrument

Can play 2-octave scales where possible and within the
range of the instrument

Can play 3-octave scales in all major or minor keys

Can play 2-octave scales in all major or minor keys

Can play 2-octave scales in all major or minor keys
Can play F major/D minor, E major/C#  minor scales

🎵All SOC musicians are able to play any major or minor scale
as requested by the audition committee.

🎵All SOC musicians are able to play a major solo from the repertoire of their instrument, excluding band and orchestra parts. 

🎵Percussion: Is required to prepare a solo or etude demonstrating ability on snare drum, mallets, and/or timpani.  
Please select a solo/etude from the following books or a solo of comparable difficulty. 

Recommended Snare Drum Etudes
Intermediate Snare Drum Studies or Advanced Snare Drum Studies by Peters or Portraits in Rhythm by Cirone

Recommended Mallet Etudes
Masterpieces for Marimba arr. by McMillan
Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone by Goldenberg

Recommended Timpani Etudes
Modern Method for Timpani by Goodman
Etuden for Timpani by Hochrainer

Percussion:  Be prepared to play rudiments(buzz roll, 5 stroke, 7 stroke, paradiddle, flam accents, flam taps, etc.  )


**Symphony of the Canyons is a College Accredited Course.   Members are required to enroll in College of the Canyons, Music 165 (Symphony) and are eligible to receive college credit for up to four (4) completed semesters of enrollment.  Students will be given the required forms and a signed add slip at time of registration with the SCVYO to help facilitate the College enrollment process.  Students may enroll in Symphony more than four (4) semesters. These students will be required to submit an audit slip to the COC Community Education office at the start of the semester.  Signed Audit slips will be available at time of SCVYO registration.  

**Academy of the Canyons students - your counselor will assist with your COC enrollment in Symphony.  You are still required to complete the SCVYO audition and registration process.