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. 

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.

Ensembles    Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra

2018 marked an exciting period of transition as SCVYO added Novae Sinfonia to our roster, a brand-new ensemble with a global perspective for the 21st century, as well as examining the standard canon of classical repertoire. Novae Sinfonia is led by the incomparable Derrick Spiva, Jr., a world-class composer, conductor, and performer who has won awards and acclaim for his innovative use of non-European styles and instruments. SCVYO is thrilled to offer this cutting-edge, classical crossover ensemble to the youth of our community. Derrick has garnered numerous commissions, including a 3-part series, Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and premiered a choral composition at Carnegie Hall in October, 2018. Derrick passionately believes in music as a doorway to understanding other cultures and different ways of living. Through learning the music of other cultures, the opportunity for dialogue rather than conflict between strangers is opened, and our society can become one with less conflict due to cultural misunderstanding. Derrick is deeply invested in fostering creative and effective collaboration between artists of different disciplines and traditions. 

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.

The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra Foundation is registered as a 501(C)(3) organization and gladly appreciates donations in support of this long-standing orchestral performing arts program.

Please Contact Us to learn more about our us and how you can support our endeavors to continue bringing exemplary classical music education and performance opportunities to the youth of our community.