N O V A E   S I N F O N I A
3:30PM - 6:00PM

College of the Canyons
Pico Canyon Hall, Room 202

 Directed by
 Derrick Spiva, MFA


See skill level requirements below

Novae Sinfonia represents the new landscape of professional classical music and we are excited to introduce this emerging genre to our young musicians. 

Novae Sinfonia, a cutting-edge ensemble, conceived and designed by our Artistic Director, Derrick Spiva, explores musical styles, performance techniques and basic theoretical analyses as they relate to performance of music from the 21st Century as well as standard symphonic literature. Musicians are introduced to methods from non-Western performance practices that complement and enrich Western classical performance practices

🎡 NOVAE SINFONIA is the elite ensemble of the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra multi-tiered musical education and performance programs. The ensemble aims to develop highly skilled, well-rounded musicians, who will be able to perform and collaborate with musicians of any tradition or background in their future musical endeavors.  It is designed as a pathway to collegiate and conservatory-level education and performance opportunities. Public performance is required.

Derrick Spiva, MFA, Artistic Director of the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra conceived, developed and heads the ensemble, with his vast knowledge and experience as a musician, conductor and composer within this emerging genre. Derrick is assisted by our Associate Music Director, Julissa Bozman, MFA and Managing Director/Chamber Ensemble Director, Rachel Iba, MFA.  You can learn more about Derrick's vision for music in the 21st Century by visiting his website, A Bridge To Everywhere, the professional ensemble he formed in 2015, that melds western classical music with the music practices of cultures from around the world.

NOVAE SINFONIA repertoire includes compositions of non-Western musical genres, orchestral works by living composers, as well as the canon of standard symphonic literature. The practice and performance of a wide variety of musical works will help young musicians gain insights into the professional classical music world of the 21st Century and develop practical skills required of a contemporary professional classical musician.  

➒  Students will develop the skills to approach a career as a professional contemporary classical musician, complete with rehearsal strategies, leadership opportunities, audition experience and live performance practice.  

➒  Students will develop knowledge in both analytical theory and practice of a diverse range of musical works in both historical and contemporary classical repertoire.  

➒  Students will learn relevant non-Western musical techniques and how to incorporate these practices into standard Western classical performance practice. 


NOVAE SINFONIA is open to all new and continuing members of the SCVYO, including chamber music, guitar, advanced brass, as well as non-Western music instrumentalists and vocalists, providing the student meets the standard skill requirements for this most advanced ensemble, as outlined below.  

➒ Students are strongly encouraged to participate in their school music program, where available.


🎡The typical Novae Sinfonia Musician has a minimum of five years experience on their chosen instrument, is able to play a a predetermined excerpt, a solo of choice (excluding band and orchestra parts), sight-read and scales, as follows:

🎡Violin:   Memorized 3-octave ascending and descending scales in all major or minor keys

🎡Viola:    Memorized 2-octave ascending and descending scales in all major or minor keys

🎡Winds:  Memorized 3-octave ascending and descending scales where possible and within the range of the instrument

🎡Brass:   Memorized 2-octave ascending and descending scales where possible and within the range of the instrument

🎡Cello:    Memorized 2-octave ascending and descending scales in all major or minor keys
🎡Bass:    Memorized F major/D minor, E major/C# minor ascending and descending scales

🎡Percussion: Prepare a solo or etude demonstrating ability on snare drum, mallets, and/or timpani.