Mondays 5:45pm - 9:00pm
College of the Canyons, Valencia
Pico Canyon Hall, Room 202



CONTINUING MEMBERS of Symphony of the Canyons who participated
in the ensemble during the Fall 2017 season do not need to audition.  

Please see the College of the Canyons catalogue for audition and registration requirements.


🎡 NEW MUSICIANS wishing to join the Symphony must audition

SYMPHONY OF THE CANYONS is the advanced-level ensemble for college students and community musicians with five or more years experience playing their chosen instrument.  It is an accredited course offered through College of the Canyons**.  Musicians will continue to fine-tune ensemble ettiquette, engage in sectionals, play with increasing awareness of other musicians and their individual role as a member of the larger symphonic enemble, as well has have opportunities for concerto and solo performances. Musicians will be exposed to an assortment of repertoire to improve their ability to play increasingly more challenging pieces, develop greater skills of dynamics, articulation and phrasing, and continued development of nuanced group cohesion and leadership roles. Many SCVYO/COC  Symphony musicians have gone on to attend prestigious music conservatories throughtout the country, including Julliard, Curtis, UCLA, UCS and Santa Clarita's California Institute of the Arts. Others have gone on to outstanding universities including Harvard, MIT, Berkeley and Stanford.    

Symphony musicians will attend weekly rehearsals and participate in two concerts each semester, as well as community-requested performances as they continue to hon musical efficacy, self-worth and accomplishment. 

*Dr. Paul Sherman, Artistic Director and Symphony of the Canyons Conductor, resigned December 2017, after an illustrious 34-year career with the SCVYO.  He began as a high school student oboist in the Symphony in 1984 and stayed on as the winds coach while earning his Bachelor of Music Degree at Cal Arts.  He led the Orchestra for many years, honing is conducting skills while pursuing his Doctorate of Music at USC.  Paul took up the baton for the Symphony and became the SCVYO Foundation Artistic Director when Robert Lawson resigned from the position in the mid-2000s. 

Dr. Sherman has been a teacher, mentor and visionary for the growth of the SCVYO, keeping classical music alive and relevant for the students we serve, the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding communities.  Paul has recently been granted a tenured professorship at another community college which necessitated his departure.  The SCVYO is indebted to his dedication, commitment and belief that classical music is for everyone and his tireless striving to make that a reality for the hundreds of students he has served over the past three decades.  The Board of Directors, Artistic Staff, Students and Alumni wish him well in his future endeavors.  Dr. Sherman will be missed as a friend, colleague and beloved teacher. 

Derrick Spiva, MFA, accomplished composer, educator and conductor of the SCVYO Orchestra, has been appointed by the Board as the Artistic Director of the SCVYO Foundation.  We remain committed to our mission of providing students with exemplary musical education and performance opportunities and will continue to do so through this transitional time of change and growth.   

Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Concerto Competition winners:

Samea Derrick, age 13, 
Saint Saen's Cello Concerto #1

William Suwandi, age 14, 
Mozart's Violin Concerto #4

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

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

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

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

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

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

🎡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 of the Canyons accredited course.  Members are required to enroll in COC-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 at time of registration to help facilitate the College enrollment process.  Students may enroll in Symphony more than four (4) semesters. Those students will be required to submit an audit slip to the COC Community Education office at the start of the semester. 

**ACADEMY OF THE CANYONS STUDENTS - your counselor will assist with your COC enrollment in Symphony.