Wind instruments, strings, and even a harp are skillfully played by youth ages nine to twenty. Interviews with music director Dr. Paul J. Sherman and a few of the talented musicians during the December concert at College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center.

The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra (SCVYO) Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides stewardship of seven instrumental ensembles, including Novae Sinfonia, Orchestra, Prelude Strings, Chamber Ensemble, Guitar Orchestra, Prelude Winds and Brass and SCV Brass Ensemble. 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. 

Ensembles    Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra

All SCVYO artistic staff hold advanced degrees in music performance, many from Santa Clarita’s own California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). The SCVYO has served the Santa Clarita Valley community and surrounding areas for over 50 years.

Rehearsals are conducted in the beautiful music facilities of Pico Canyon Hall at College of the Canyons, Valencia Campus, in Santa Clarita, California. Performances take place in the state-of-the-art Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, adjacent to the rehearsal hall, as well as venues throughout the community.  

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.